Connecting with the Community

I am very fortunate to be participating in the Urban Scholars Program here at HGSE. The program awards scholarships to Master’s students committed to careers in urban education. As part of the fellowship, Urban Scholars also meet once a month with professors to discuss issues of social justice and education.

This past weekend, I went with some fellow Urban Scholars to volunteer at Haley House, a wonderful nonprofit with diverse programs that all revolve around connecting low-income communities with food. The particular program we volunteered with was Community Table, a weekly pay-what-you-can meal at the Haley House café in Roxbury. The program allows members of the community who might not otherwise be able to afford a sit-down restaurant experience the opportunity to dine out and be treated to a three-course meal. It also creates space for neighbors to break bread together and strengthen community bonds.

As volunteers, we helped to prepare dinner, waited tables, and ate with the guests. As much as I love my time on campus, it was so nice to take an evening to get out of the Harvard/Cambridge bubble and give back to the larger Boston community. I left Haley House feeling inspired and full of good food and good energy.

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Sarah (right) and fellow Urban Scholars at Haley House

Sarah Mintz is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Teacher Education Program, pursuing licensure as a middle school English teacher. She comes to HGSE from Washington, D.C., where she worked at an independent school and a non-profit serving incarcerated youth. Outside of education, she loves to spend her time cooking and exploring the city with friends

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