Annual Report

Vanessa Volpe

Vanessa Volpe has a challenge for her students. “I want them to feel empowered to help in a collaborative process to address health disparities.” This year, she is one of 13 Periclean Faculty Leaders from institutions across the country who are championing civil dialogue and civic engagement in the classroom. Her research is focused on the health impact of race-related experiences of people of color across the lifespan, and she established Ursinus’s HEAL Lab, a section of which is specifically devoted to the health of the black community. Volpe will add a civic engagement component to her minority health and health disparities seminar by using community health approaches through semester-long field work with communities in the area. “I think a liberal arts education teaches students how to think in a way that
allows them to better understand society, our role in it,
and what possibilities we have for action.”

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Vanessa Volpe