“The role of being a leader is not a right, it is a privilege,” speaker and leadership trainer Ed Gerety told a crowd of Amherst students in a keynote speech at the college’s Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) Conference on Sunday, Jan. 25.
One year after a massive earthquake struck Haiti, an Amherst College alumna with a key role in monitoring the progress of recovery says there’s reason to be optimistic, even if challenges remain extremely daunting. Meanwhile, students at Amherst continue to contribute their time and resources to help in Haiti, as do many alumni.
It is 1:45 p.m. one muggy July afternoon at the Amherst Survival Center, 15 minutes before its doors are supposed to close for the day, and there’s a line about 20 long stretching into an un-air conditioned back room. Among its many other services, the agency has a food pantry that provides a month’s worth of nutritional staples to families who meet certain income criteria, and the people here are queuing up for fresh vegetables, bread and canned goods.
Molly Mead is the first director of the Center for Community Engagement at Amherst. She is pictured here on land that the college donated to Habitat for Humanity. The house in the background is the first of four to be built on the property.
CCE Director Molly Mead, "A Culture of Engagement"
On Friday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Molly Mead, the new director of the Center for Community Engagement, discussed the vision of the center and the ways Amherst College will be a national leader in the community engagement movement.