Currently a professor of Political Science and Public and Community Service Studies, Rick brings an extensive background of teaching and research experience to the Institute, having formerly served as Director from 1994 -2000. A political theorist with a principal interest in the role of education in a democratic society, Rick has published a number of books and articles on service learning and civic engagement, most recently a volume for Campus Compact entitled Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum: A Resource Book for Service-Learning Faculty in all Disciplines . From 2001-2004, he coordinated Project 540, a grant-funded national high school civic engagement initiative.
A Professor in the Department of Public and Community Service Studies, Keith Morton has worked in the areas of community development, community service and community theory for the past fifteen years. He has also taught American Studies in the Department of English. Prior to joining Providence College in 1994, he worked as program and then executive director of the University of Minnesota YMCA, which runs intensive service learning programs for 500 participants each year; and as director of Campus Compact's national Project on Integrating Service with Academic Study. He serves on the boards of several local and national organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in their communities, and is particularly interested in youth development. He also works regularly as a workshop leader and trainer for education and community-based organizations. His teaching and scholarship focus on the historic and present meanings of community and service in people's lives.
In her role as Assistant Director, Meg cultivates campus-community partnerships, co-teaches the Public Service Practicum class, and connects students with meaningful service-learning opportunities in the city of Providence. Meg holds a B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in Women & Gender Studies from the College of the Holy Cross. After graduating, she served as a Jesuit Volunteer and lived and worked in post-Katrina New Orleans. Meg previously served as the Campus Minister for Service & Justice at Providence College and has a master's degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. She is a trained dialogue facilitator with experience facilitating conversations about civic responsibility, faith and values, and social justice.
As Program Coordinator, Magali oversees several of the Institute's core programs, including Community Work-Study, Global Service-Learning, and EXPLORE! She is a graduate of the Global Studies department at Providence College, where she focused on globalization and social justice for underrepresented populations. After graduating, she served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA, coordinating a volunteer program for Roger Williams Middle School in Providence. She also serves as a board member of the Providence Children & Youth Cabinet (CYC). Magali has co-facilitated many Global Studies courses, including Global Border Crossing and Global Issues, continuously learning alongside her students and co-facilitators how to live and make positive change in communities across borders and throughout the world.
As the Campus-Community Partnerships VISTA, Sara assists the Institute in its efforts to build and maintain mutually beneficial community partnerships through best practice research, assessment, and dialogue. She received her BSW from the Social Work department at Providence College, where she learned about the redemptive nature of storytelling and building community across difference through her work with both young women in crisis and older adults. Sara is serving in her second year as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Feinstein Institute through Rhode Island Campus Compact.
AmeriCorps*VISTA, Civic Engagement, College Access & Persistence