Knox Board of Trustees Welcomes Vela Lu ’18 as Alumni Trustee
Vela Lu ’18, a bilingual case manager and psychotherapist based in New York City, has been elected to the Knox Board of Trustees.
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The Mellon Foundation awarded $150,000 to Knox College for a research project entitled “Pedagogies, Communities, and Practices of Care after COVID-19.” Cate Denial, Bright Distinguished Professor of American History, chair of History, and director of the Bright Institute, is the principal investigator.
Over the past two years, administrators, faculty, and staff have held higher education together with willpower and determination in the face of a global pandemic. The result, for many, has been burnout and exhaustion. This project responds to that crisis with a plan to identify, cultivate, and support national leadership in applying practices of compassion and care to working conditions in higher education. Denial will coordinate 36 individuals from community colleges, four-year institutions, regional states, and flagship research institutions, including online educators. These individuals, representing diverse social identities, will explore the meaning of, and opportunities within, a practice of care in the academy.
“I’m so grateful for the encouragement and support of the Mellon Foundation in funding this project,” said Denial. “Care and compassion offer a strong foundation from which to build, change, and rethink community as the pandemic continues. Faculty and staff working conditions are student learning conditions, making it particularly important to think critically about the ways in which we labor, and new approaches to work that will increase accessibility, employ trauma-informed practices, and evolve our pedagogies to affirm that care is at the center of what we do.”
Published on August 04, 2022