We are pleased to invite you to the Center for Community and Social Justice 2021 Fellows Project Showcase. The event takes place on Tuesday, October 18 from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM in the Perry Presentation Room. A calendar invitation will follow soon. The Center’s inaugural fellows and student research assistants are listed below, along with summaries of their projects. CCSJ Fellow Project #1 (Tarn Foerg, Social Work faculty, with student research assistants Bibek Gurung and Ava Warren): “Exploration of an Alternative Emergency Response System: Vermont.” Examination of Eugene, Oregon’s Crisis Assistance Helping Out On the Streets (CAHOOTS) model and its possible application in Vermont. They presented their findings to COMMStat with 100 people in attendance including the Vermont Departments of Health and Mental Health, the Burlington Mayor,and police chiefs from across Vermont. CCSJ Fellow Project #2 (Susan Edwards, Career Collaborative, with student research assistants Delaney Hyde and Jessica Walker): “Liberating the Employment Pipeline at Champlain College: Innovative Hiring Structures with Open Hiring.” Investigation of the employment recruitment method of open hiring and how it could be adapted to Champlain College’s staff hiring structure through a pilot program, in order to create an employment pipeline for women post-incarceration. CCSJ Fellow Project #3 (Kylie King, SSB, with student research assistants Gabriel Aviles and Evan Goldstein): The first of two outcomes for this project is an article to be published in the Journal of Community Diversity, entitled “Empathizing and systemizing: Benefits of Cognitive Diversity and Support Mechanisms Individuals with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).” Research of the manifestation and significance of neurodiversity, an important form of diversity that can benefit groups of all shapes and sizes. The second outcome is a podcast tentatively titled “Diversifying Diversity,” which is currently in production. CCSJ Fellow Project #4 (Tara Arneson, Registrar, with student research assistants Kelly Sullivan and Mellissa McPhee): “School Resource Officers: An Examination of the Role Within Vermont Communities.” Examination of School Resource Officer models across Vermont. A staff member and student research assistants examined school resource officer models at school districts across the state. The research culminated in a google site shared with local school boards. The mission of the Center for Community and Social Justice is to develop next practice models of community capacity, social safety networks, and policing that support whole community health and safety. We hope to see you there!