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2013-2014 Keep-Mills Research Grant Awarded to Associate Dean Cathy Leaker and Mentor Frances Boyce

By Terri Hilton, secretary, center for mentoring and learning, Academic Affairs

December 16, 2013

The 2013-2014 Keep-Mills Research Grant has been awarded to Metropolitan Center Associate Dean Cathy Leaker and Mentor Frances Boyce, of the Long Island Center. Leaker and Boyce will use the funds to support their project, “Women of Color: Valuing Experience, Identifying Learning.” (Photo at left, Frances Boyce and Cathy Leaker)  

This project is designed to provide comprehensive, high-impact support for minority women seeking college credit through the prior learning assessment (PLA) process. The project revolves around the creation of an academic and peer support infrastructure for minority women seeking PLA credit at the Metropolitan and Long Island centers. The expectation is that the specific resources funded by this grant will empower minority female students to identify, assess and articulate for credit their college level experiential learning.

Since 2005, Stephen Keep Mills, an Empire State College alumnus and former member of the Foundation Board, has supported an annual symposium on “ways of knowing.” Thanks to the Keep-Mills fund, the college has begun to award up to $2,500 to a mentor, or mentors working collaboratively, to support research on a project consistent with the spirit and substance of the Keep-Mills residencies: research with the goal of creatively exploring topics, problems and questions dealing with ways of knowing and understanding life today. 

The initial Keep-Mills Research Grant (2012-2013) was awarded to two mentors, Himanee Gupta-Carlson, from the Center for Distance Learning, and David Starr-Glass, from International Programs.

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