“We wanted to provide a sense of community among everyone teaching in the College, to establish mentoring relationships, help new lecturers, grad students just getting into teaching, even faculty on the tenure track."
The two 2020 recipients of the Dr. Morris R. Lewenstein Scholarship, Allison Phuong and Michael Brodheim, are at different stages of their lives and careers. But like the scholarship’s namesake, they are both lifelong learners, constantly striving to improve themselves despite challenging lives.
“Working with [Francisco-Menchavez] made me realize how much work goes into becoming a professor, especially for a Filipina professor in sociology, and how much work it takes to get our stories out there.”
“It's very important to monitor, reduce and maybe even eliminate child health disparities now, because if they continue unabated, they will have a domino effect on a lot of segments of society.”
“I wanted a course that would think about energy systems in the context of environmental justice.”
"I didn’t know you just stand up for something you believe in, fearlessly. Seeing that modeled in a way that wasn’t aggressive, and was more uniting — that was something I wanted to be able to do."
“The students are learning how to be a teacher in all of its aspects, from lesson planning to activity planning to interacting with children to talking with parents.”
“Many of our advisors have clinical experience, so they’re able to delve deeper than just grades. The social piece is a really strong part of the success of this program.”
“The project gives families a different way of thinking about their LGBT children by shifting the discourse on homosexuality from morality to health and well-being.”
“I cried because I thought, gosh, it’s a very clean country, it’s beautiful surroundings and it’s excellent people. This is absolutely my country.”
“The Willie Brown students are highly motivated to pursue a profession and highly motivated to give back to their communities, so the likelihood of their going on to do something good in the world is very, very high.”
“Going to the ropes course and being good at it, and getting positive feedback, and getting better—that was a very formative process for me.”