Description
Local Knowledge is a data repository developed to enhance the collaboration between Clark University and partners in the Worcester, Massachusetts community. It houses Worcester-based research, descriptions of community organizations and programs, and records of activities or projects between campus and community members. The collaboration is multimedia and aims to provide a variety of resources to individuals seeking information about University and community interactions. It is also a recommended “first stop” for campus members interested in community-based research/collaboration.

In an effort to reduce research fatigue (particularly for those organizations and businesses immediately surrounding the campus), we created the Local Narrative videos of Frequently Asked Questions with Worcester community members.

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Submissions require a Bepress account registration and take about ten to fifteen minutes to enter. Please be aware that confidentiality, copyright and other considerations mean that your submission will not be made available immediately. Please be sure to provide a valid email address where we can contact you regarding questions or concerns.

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If you are a faculty member or community partner with an idea for a community-based research project, please complete the form.

If you have any questions about the Local Knowledge collection or submission guidelines, please contact Micki Davis in the Community Engagement Office.

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Events from 2016

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Advocacy, Research and Data Analysis with the Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation- WAASE, Molly Kellman

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Female Homelessness in Worcester; Internaship at the Abby Kelly Foster House, Madeline Phillips

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Creating an Alternative Spring Break Program, Jenny Rubin

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Assessing Residents' Experiences with Tree Planting Initiatives in Worcester, MA, Savannah Sanford, Emma Freud, Tyler Anderson, and Eli Simonson

Events from 2015

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The Prevalence and Intensity of Tobacco Consumption Among Youth: Worcester, MA, Samantha Arsenault

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Coes Reservoir and Pond Park Renewal & Restoration: Biodiversity Survey and BioBlitz work in Progress, Alexis Charney, Nicholas Pagan, Liz Crowther, Jitske Grift, and Madhubanti Anashua

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Worcester Chamber Music Society Music Camp, Cailley Culotta

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CoesPond Restoration Initiative: Water Quality Monitoring & Living Machine Prototype Development, Jess Cusworth, Gabrielle Rigutto, and Belen Betancourt

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Interview with Jack Foley, Community Engagement Office

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2015 Greater Worcester Community Health Assessment, Tess Lewin-Jacus

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Making Worcester an Innovation District, Kevin Louis

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Greening Transportation at Clark UniversityHannah, Hannah Rosenblum and Jenny Isler

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WAASE Needs Assessment, Marianne Sarkis

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Living in Freedom Together (LIFT), Marianne Sarkis, Cora Torton, Isabel Szatkowski, Nicole Bell, Rebecca Wallace, and Macy Golman

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WooConnect, Abhijit Singh, Cyrus Fenderson, Hoang Nguyen, Joshua Cogswell, and Ronak Shah

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Clark Microgrid Renewable Energy, Ekaterina Taunova

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Bursting the Clark Bubble: Improving Student Knowledge & Use of Public Transportation Options in Worcester, Alaina Yonkers and Jarrett Taxman

Research from 2014

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Interview with Daniel St. Lewis of University Park Campus School, Community Engagement Office

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Interview with Patricia Padilla of Woodland Elementary School, Community Engagement Office

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Interview with Ricci Hall of Claremont Academy, Community Engagement Office

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Interview with Tom Del Prete of the Hiatt Center for Urban Education, Community Engagement Office

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Launching the Worcester Education Collaborative’s ‘How to Beat the Summer Slide’ Initiative: Developing Children's Literacy Programs at the Public Library Branches, Sadie Hazelkorn

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Increasing Public Access to Greater Worcester Land Trust Properties: The Importance of Urban Green Spaces and Connecting People to Places, Corinne Jachelski

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ESL Curriculum Development for Somali Bantu Refugees, Kellee Kosiorek and Rosaleigh Blackmer

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Worcester Youth Violence Prevention & Reduction Strategic Plan: Needs and Resources Analysis, Laurie Ross and Ellen Foley

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Economic Benefits of the DCR Tree Replanting Program in Worcester County, MA, Hannah Rush, Amber Todoroff, Andrew Varuzzo, Anona Miller, and Gaia Khairina

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Gap Analysis of the Social Services Referral Network for Sex Workers in Worcester, MA, Marianne Sarkis, Annivette Fernandez-Rivera, and Yenifer Hernandez

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Best Practices Model Based on Gap Analysis of the Social Services Network in Worcester, MA, Marianne Sarkis, Annivette Fernandez-Rivera, and Yenifer Andrea Hernandez

Keeping Women out of Prostitution: The Development and Implementation of Treatment Centers, Marianne Sarkis, Olivia Giampietro, and Caroline Switchenko

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African-Born Women’s Birth Experiences in Worcester, MA, Marianne Sarkis, Anneke Kat, Maya Baum, and Bernadine Mayhungu

Executive Summary: Sex Workers in Worcester, Marianne Sarkis, Madi Lohrum, Caitland Baxter, and Melineth Vasquez

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Break The Cycle: Redesigning the Legal Processing of Convicted Prostitutes, Marianne Sarkis, Grant Madigan-Kolstad, and Mesa Merritt

Policy Brief: Reducing the Demand for Prostitutin in Main South, Marianne Sarkis, Leah Meyers, and Maria Rudorf

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Mentoring Worcester Youth through the Arts, Breanna Tucker

Research from 2013

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Ability and Willingness to Change Among African Immigrant Patients at Akwaaba, Marianne Sarkis, Temitayo Akinbola, Charise Canales, Hana Chamoun, Jacqueline Leaf, and Elisabeth Nebie

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Perceptions of Access to Health Food in Worcester, Massachusetts, Marianne Sarkis, Caitlin Alcorn, Alice Howard, Erin Leach, and Selina Sikder

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Ghanaian Women's Reproductive Health Worcester, Marianne Sarkis, Brian Arsenault, Veronica Llanes, Allegra Marra, and Surya Ry

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Outreach, Research, and Relationship: An Analysis of Street-Based Prostitution in Main South Worcester, MA, Marianne Sarkis, Annivette Fernandez-Rivera, Yenifer Hernandez, and Kamana Pokharel

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The Role of English Language Proficiency in the Process of Refugee Integration in Worcester, Marianne Sarkis, Abubakar Gusau, Moudwe Diggs, and Prayas Pun

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From Potato Chips to Kale Chips: Examining Motivations of Clark Community Gardeners in Worcester, MA, Marianne Sarkis, Tiffany Lee, Steph Fenner, Erin Barta, and Kristina Kalolo

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Factors Influencing Management of Type 2 Diabetes Among Vietnamese Seniors in Worcester, MA, Marianne M. Sarkis, Amelia Angevine, Chantal Begley, Kristina Nguyen, and Thuha Le

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Factors Influencing Medical Adherence of Clients in AIDS Project Worcester, Marianne M. Sarkis, Abby Dnahue, Jacqueline Osei-Owusu, Shan Yi Koay, Maya Baum, Anna Shayo, and Amanda Major

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"Turning Tricks for the Next Hit" : The Worcester Legal System and Perceptions of Law Enforcement Officers, Marianne Sarkis, Thushyanthi Muruges, Erin Lynum, and Ashley Belcher

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Understanding Research Fatigue in the Context of Community-University Relations, Elora Way

Research from 2012

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Interview with Ann Jenkins of Annie's Clark Brunch, Community Engagement Office

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Interview with Casey Starr of the Main South Community Development Corporation, Community Engagement Office

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Interview with Judi Kirk of the Boys and Girls Club, Community Engagement Office

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Interview with Monsignor Frank Scollan of St. Peter's Parish, Community Engagement Office

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Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in Worcester, Massachusetts:, Laurie Ross

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Paths and Barriers to HIV Testing in Worcester, marianne Sarkis, Carolina Buitrago, Michelle Dann, Hannah Gaschott, and Amina Harun

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Stressed- OUT, Marianne M. Sarkis, Pan Wang, Michael Foster, Hong Bui Anh, and Lydia Meintel-Wade

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Pregnancy Experiences in the Worcester Ghanaian Immigrant Community, Marianne Sarkis, Jacqueline Osei-Owusu, Patience Landford, Samantha Pride, and Shan Yi Koay

Research from 2011

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"What is the Value of Youth Work?" Symposium Booklet, Laurie Ross

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Worcester Community Indicators Database, Robert J.S. Ross and Amy Donin

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A Garden for All: Refugee Participation in Community Gardens, Marianne Sarkis, Amelia Angevine, Samuel Morrison, Caitlin Raph, and Andrea Siemaszko

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Downing St. Closure: A Continuing Relationship Between Main South and Clark University, Marianne Sarkis, Kate Bamberg, Emma Currie, Lila Trowbridge, and Sami Vadakin

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Clark and the Community: Communication, Centralization and the Inherent Disconnect, Marianne Sarkis, Charise Canales, Alyssa Kogan, Jacqueline Leaf, Shelby Margolin, and Sarah Testoni

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Student Awareness of Environmental Sustainability on Campus, Marianne Sarkis, Anna Shayo, Aaron Fernando, Abby Donahue, Amanda Mundt, and Emma Craig

Research from 2010

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Clark and Main South: Attitudes, Perceptions, and Involvement, Marianne Sarkis, Rachel Abrams, Diego Angel, Ali Canino, Lydia Conley, Maggie Federici, and Siobhan Kelley

Research from 2008

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Asia Comes to Main Street and May Learn to Speak Spanish: Globalization in a Poor Neighborhood in Worcester, Robert J.S. Ross and Kate Driscoll Derickson