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A Message of Support from Dr. Valerie Roberson, to the Residents of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover

The Roxbury Community College Community is deeply saddened by the news of the devastating gas explosions and fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover on Thursday, September 14th. Although the immediate public safety emergency has ended, we know that the families and individuals impacted by this event will need our support over the coming days and weeks.

I encourage anyone who is looking to assist to those affected by this event to visit the Essex County Community Foundation website, to learn more about providing support. The Boston Globe has also compiled a list of organizations that are assisting in the recovery effort.

Dr. Valerie Roberson
President, Roxbury Community College


Roxbury Rocks 2018!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 4th Annual Roxbury Rocks Music Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2018.  We hope that you enjoyed a day filled with musical performances, local vendors, free ice cream, free popcorn, activities for children, and more! 

The 2018 musical line-up included:

Bonne Johnson, producer/host of Colors of Jazz on WICN, 90.5FM, was the mistress of ceremonies for this year's festival.  We were deligthed to honor ArtsEmerson, the African American History Museum and the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry with "You Rock" awards. 




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Roxbury Community College Student Aeffia Feuerstein Awarded Transfer Scholarship

 Affia Feuerstein updated 4.19.2018

Aeffia Feuerstein, a student at Roxbury Community College, is one of 47 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This highly competitive national scholarship will provide Feunerstein with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Aeffia Feuerstein has excelled both academically and as a civic leader at RCC. She is a member of both the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa; and, outside of her studies, she’s worked with both Reclaim Roxbury and Voter choice “to help build an altar from the voiceless to speak from.” Upon graduating from RCC this spring, with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Feuerstein plans to study political science and writing at either Wellesley College or Brandeis University.

As a Cooke Transfer Scholar, Feuerstein will receive a monetary award and comprehensive educational advising from Cooke Foundation staff to guide her through the processes of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for her future career. The Cooke Foundation will also provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of 2,300 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

“Community colleges provide an affordable first step for many students with financial need to begin their higher education journey,” said Harold O. Levy, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “Cooke Transfer Scholars have demonstrated incredible ability and ambition, and we look forward to supporting their success at universities such as Stanford, Cornell, and MIT.”

This year, nearly 2,500 students applied for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others.

A full list of the 2018 Cooke Transfer Scholars, including the community colleges and states they represent, can be viewed here.


About the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded $175 million in scholarships to more than 2,300 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also provided over $97 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. www.jkcf.org

RCC In The News - June 2018

Facebook Announces New Partnership with RCC

On Friday, June 8, 2018, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced that Facebook is partnering with Roxbury Community College and Bunker Hill Community College to offer digital marketing training. The goal of this partnership is to provide an offering that delivers individuals with the skills that they need to be current and successful in today’s businesses.

“We are thrilled to partner with Facebook to offer relevant instruction in the field of digital marketing,” says Roxbury Community College President Valerie Roberson. “Equipping students with the skills needed for immediate success in the workforce is a top priority at RCC; and, I’m confident that this partnership with Facebook will ensure that our students are prepared with in-demand skills.”

The details of this partnership will be solidified over the coming months. To learn more about RCC’s Business Programs, contact Carrie Monestime, Dean of Enrollment at cmonestime@rcc.mass.edu or 857-701-1206.

To read more about this partnership:

Year Up Program at RCC Receives $75,000 Grant

At the U.S. conference of Mayors annual conference, WellsFargo announced that the Year Up Program at RCC received a 2018 CommunityWINS Grant. “The Year Up Greater Boston Workforce Development Program serves students 18–24 through a high-support, high-expectation model that combines marketable job skills, educational stipends, professional internships and college credit recommendations. In 2018, the program will serve 80 students and hopes to expand to 160 in 2019.”

Peruvian Film Screening

 Sue Kalt Peruvian Film Screening editedProfessor Kalt with film protagonist Hipólito Peralta Ccama

Over 100 students from Roxbury Community College and Madison Park High School enjoyed a screening and talkback with the director and protagonist of Ñampa ñawinkuna (The Eyes of the Journey) on April 9th in the newly refurbished Media Arts Center auditorium.

Preparation for the film was truly interdisciplinary. RCC students studying Video Techniques looked closely at the framing and lighting of characters; economics students were invited to consider stewardship of natural resources and economic effects of carelessness; and, students studying Spanish considered metaphors. One student wrote an essay contrasting the spiritual worldview of Otero and Peralta with that of another Latin American Poet, Violeta Parra.

Students were inspired and motivated by the film and interaction with its creators. The full-length feature film is a soliloquy in the Quechua language, the native language of the Incas which is still in use today by over 10 million people in five countries. Throughout the film, natural phenomena such as water, wind, mountains and fog, are spoken to tenderly as the wandering healer contemplates his ancestral beliefs and their place in today’s world.

Student reaction was strong.

“The film frames inanimate things as living things…they are given responsibilities and are personified,” noted Isaiah Wilkerson.

“I did not expect to learn as much as I did, but their holistic approach toward mundane everyday things really spoke to me,” wrote Amber Johnson.

“Yesterday’s class meeting was the highlight of my year. The subject of the film and the subsequent lecture of the director touched upon matters that I am deeply interested in,” wrote Albena Orlova.

Another student, Charlene Robinson, said “After watching this film I have begun to drink more water and increase my recycling efforts. Being able to meet with the narrator and director was amazing. I really enjoyed learning more about the culture and rituals. I hope that one day I am able to visit the Apus (mountains) and enjoy the beauty and spirituality.”

Student Carmen Dumitru indicated her favorite quote from the film: “Water is like a child, moving in one direction, winding its way around the world.” This experience “definitely has awakened my interest in the Andean World,” she stated.

The event was introduced by Philosophy Professor Dustin Rollins, who held a lively discussion on the difference between accepting and celebrating diversity. Other organizers and contributors to the event included Professors Susan Kalt and Justin Petty, who coordinated with Madison Park; Professor Nasreen Latif, Professor Marlena Karami, Director of Fine and Performing Arts Marshall Hughes, Dean of Student Life Andrés Orós, Director of Academic Technology Raymind Cruz and Aki Staples.