It's been a jam-packed month for PBHA!
Letter from the President and Vice President
As the year gets underway, we at PBHA are refining
our programs to make sure we are doing good well, and launching
new initiatives so we can do good better. For both of these goals,
your support and generosity has been integral. Please join
us on a quick tour of what has been happening in the House
are hitting their stride in programs, from tutoring and mentoring
to adult services and advocacy efforts. PBHA vans are zooming
all around Boston and Cambridge, bringing tutors and tutees together
to tackle homework, shuttling students to join in local movements,
convening meetings of parents, community members, and summer time
directors to vision for the SUP camps, and much more.
An initiative this year focuses on tying direct
service and advocacy within our many programs. The
Prison Education Committee, comprised of the Youth in Prison
Tutoring Program, Womens and Mens Empowerment and
Prison Education Program, and Suffolk County Corrections, has
already begun. The program directors have come together to found
HOPE, the Harvard Undergraduate Organization for Prison Education
and Reform, which advocates for the lowering of barriers of
entry into college for individuals with a criminal record.
There are many things happening at the House, all due to your
help, so we hope you will come visit, or give us a call, so we
can share much more with you about everything that is going on.
For many of us PBHA serves as both a home, and a hope that commitment,
dedication, and partnership can bring change in the world. Thank
you for forming this home and hope with us.
All the best,
2015 Wintersession Conference
Don't have such a narrow vision of what
you want to do that, when doors open at odd angles, you don't
have the courage to step through them, said US Senator
Elizabeth Warren, the Keynote Speaker.
PBHA alumni from a range of public service careers
(including those in education, activism, social work, government
and more) shared their experience on panels in the Harvard-sponsored
event. Some even picked up the mic to deliver a "Think Big"
speech, including Jarell Lee '10, Dean of School Culture at
Achievement First Aspire Elementary School, who spoke about
his work to solve the American urban education crisis.
Nonprofit Management Intensive 2015
Going to NPMI, I wasn't sure what to
expect. It turned out to be fun, engaging, and packed with applicable
information. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in PBHA (or
advocacy and service in general!),
said Tyrik LaCruise ('16), Resource and Development Chair
'15 and one of this year's NPMI facilitators.
NPMI seeks to put the tools of non-profit management
in the hands of student Officers, so they're empowered to make
real decisions about the best direction of the organization and
how we get there. Team Officers grappled with the importance of
establishing a clear brand for PBHA, connecting with our character
and gaining excitement about articulating our mission.
Check out the Gazette
and Crimson to learn
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Association, All rights reserved
Jim Barrett, Bob Blacklow, Frank Duehay, Renny
Little, Maria Dominguez Gray, and Louise Wills met
recently to discuss a Ten Year Report to up-date classmates on
a number of substantial efforts which have improved PBHA since
the class endowed Maria's position of Executive Director at our
Maria Dominguez Gray sends in PBHA'a thank
you for another wonderful summer.
Thank you for another wonderful summer!
In June, staff, students, and teen counselors from
PBHA were blessed to meet First Lady Michelle Obama and hear her
words of encouragement about the importance of summer learning
and teen employment programs like SUP. Highlighting these priorities
through her Reaching High initiative, the First Lady shared
Summer isnt just about building new skills and
gaining new experiences; its also about keeping your minds
fresh...Were going to work to make sure that every young
person in America can have a great summer learning experience,
no matter where they come from or how much money their parents
have...So thats our job. Weve got to make sure you
have the resources you need to reach your goals. And as young
people, your job is to make the most of your summer so that you
can reach your potential and achieve every last one of your dreams.
Were pleased to report that thats what
we did through the 2014 Summer Urban Program. We, the college
and high school student staff, we the supporters and partners,
and we the campers and their families. We saw the excitement of
learning in childrens eyes when they extracted DNA from
a strawberry or used their math skills to determine the healthiest
snack. We witnessed children recognize their own potential and
the possibilities of new experiences as they strategized to improve
school lunches or hugged a chicken at Farrington Nature Linc.
We re-learned the power of positive relationships through each
word of encouragement from a teen counselor to a child, and at
our annual Midsummer Celebration when each SUP neighborhood joined
together as a single community. We read about the impact of SUP
on a counselor long graduated from the program, a reminder that
the work we do affects us far beyond a single summer.
In this newsletter, please find pictures and some
wonderful articles that share more about our summer. And as always,
thank you for being a part of the SUP community helping
us create yet another meaningful summer for our young people to
achieve their dreams.
Yours in service,
Maria Dominguez Gray
Class of 1955 Executive Director
Phillips Brooks House Association, Inc.
Boston Outreach Summer to the Boston
Refugee Youth Enrichment program, the Harvard Gazette joined
us this summer to share our students' work across Boston.
Photograph by Rose Lincoln for the
In her six-part
Boston Globe series, Farah Stockman '96 looks back on her
time with the Mission Hill Summer Program twenty years ago.
Image by Gwenda Kaczor for the Boston Globe
We celebrated our 15th annual Midsummer Celebration
in July at Stonybrook Park in Jamaica Plain.
out photos from the event here.
Copyright © 2014 Phillips Brooks House Association,
All rights reserved.
Jim Barrett has been elected to the Board of the Phillips
Brooks House Association, replacing Bob Blacklow who served
for two three year terms. Bob replaced Frank Duehay who
led the Association's Capital Fund drive which the Class contributed
to by endowing the Harvard Class of 1955 Executive Director's
position at the time of our 50th Reunion in 2005.
Say SUP Matters by joining PBHA's
student leaders at the annual Auction in support of the Summer
Urban Progran (SUP)!
SUP matters. Lately,
that is all you hear from PBHA's students and staff. As our student
directors prepare for the summer, they are constantly reminded
Summer Urban Program (SUP) is so important. They remember
why they have chosen to dedicate their summer to 800 low-income
youth and their families. Summer learning loss is an ever-present
risk for SUP's campers, who would lose two months of literacy
and math knowledge during this summer without SUP. The work
done by SUP is needed. The campers need SUP. And SUP needs
Help us make SUP matter by attending our annual
Auction to benefit the Summer Urban Program. Now in its 11th
year, this year's auction will have you feeling SUP love and will
show you that your support is as important as ever. With a new,
bigger, and better location, all of us at PBHA are so excited
to welcome you into our incredible camp community and share with
you the stories of SUP. Join
us; the event will not be the same without you.
11th Annual Auction to Benefit the Summer Urban
Wednesday, April 23rd | 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Knafel Center at Harvard University (formerly Radcliffe Gymnasium)
Tickets Required: $40 in advance, $45 at the door
If you have any questions, please
feel free to e-mail Cyatharine
Alias '15, PBHA's Events Fundraiser. If you have a wonderful
item you would like to contribute to the auction,
Cyatharine would love to hear from you.
All the best and yours in service,
Maria Dominguez Gray
Class of 1955 Executive Director
We are excited to invite you to the
Phillips Brooks House Association's 7th Annual Robert Coles
"Call of Service" Lecture and Award honoring U.S.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan '87
on Friday, October 25th! The lecture will kick off the Phillips
Brooks House Association Alumni Weekend featuring the Harvard
Square Homeless Shelter's 30th anniversary.
Secretary Donovan's years of steadfast efforts and
staunch advocacy for the housing and shelter needs of some of America's
most at-risk communities embodies the spirit of the Robert Coles
"Call of Service" Award. As a former student volunteer
with PBHA's Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, Secretary Donovan has
now emerged as the national policy leader for accessible, affordable,
and quality housing. His passion and dedication to assisting America's
homeless and in-transition individuals reflects a true belief in
social justice and an understanding of the importance of direct
service and structural change.
The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
30th Anniversary events include a commemorative
gala Friday night, at which Secretary Donovan will share remarks,
and a symposium on the state of homelessness in Harvard Square
and beyond on Saturday afternoon. PBHA's Alumni Weekend also continues
on Saturday with PBHA's Alumni Reunion Events. Reunion
Weekend activities include a general meeting of PBHA's Alumni
Association, the annual PBHA Alumni Luncheon, and evening social
gatherings. In particular, the Alumni Luncheon will honor PBHA's
2013 Outstanding Alumnus, Donald Berwick '68, for his lifelong
dedication to furthering PBHA's mission and his pursuit of health
care access for all.
A summary of the weekend's activities and links
to individual RSVPs/forms to purchase tickets can be found on
PBHA's Reunion Weekend 2013
featuring The Honorable Shaun Donovan '87,
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Friday, October 25th
5:30pm-7:00pm - PBHA's Robert Coles "Call of Service"
Lecture and Award
The Memorial Church of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
7:30pm-10:00pm - HSHS's 30th Anniversary Gala
777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
Saturday, October 26th
9:30am-11:00am - PBHA-Alumni General Meeting
Phillips Brooks House Parlor Room
11:30pm-1:00pm - PBHA-Alumni Luncheon
Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH), Radcliffe Quadrangle
1:00pm-2:00pm - Alumni Reflection: Then and Now, The Next
30 Years of HSHS SOCH
2:30pm-5:00pm - The HSHS Symposium: Homeless in Harvard
Square and Beyond
7:00pm-10:00pm - PBHA-Alumni Social Gatherings
All events require separate
A summary of all of the weekend's events and RSVPs can be found
on our website!
We look forward to seeing you and
cannot wait to share with you this inspiring weekend!
If you have any questions at all, please contact Andrew Iannone
Frank Duehay and Renny Little will visit the PHBHA's
Summer Urban Program (SUP) from 8:45 AM to 12 N on Thursday, July
11th and invite classmates to join them.
"We will go to lunch afterwards."
See the invitation below for further details, and other dates
available for SUP viewing.
The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA)
cordially invites you to a Morning Visit of the Summer Urban Program!
See PBHA's SUP Visitors Website or
Sign up for a Visit
Participate in PBHA's Summer Urban
Program (SUP) Visitors Program!
PBHA's SUP is a vibrant network of
11 summer day camps and an evening ESL program that engages over
1,000 of Greater Boston's youth and teens. By offering high-quality
and low-cost summer learning to individuals who need it most,
SUP is a wonderful opportunity that promotes summer learning and
stymies summer learning loss. Each year, PBHA provides the special
opportunity to our supporters and partners to experience two camps
All visits depart from the Phillips Brooks House in Harvard Yard,
Complimentary light breakfast is
served at 8:45 am and visits begin at 9:00 am.
Thursday, July 11th
9:00 am through 12:00 pm
Tuesday, July 16th
9:00 am through 12:00 pm
Tuesday, July 30th
9:00 am through 12:00 pm
All visits will begin with a brief orientation of PBHA's Summer
Urban Program by PBHA's student leaders. Following the orientation,
visitors will participate in the real summer camp experience by
traveling by PBHA van to two camps and visiting with student directors,
staff members, and campers.
If you have any questions or if you
wish to attend but cannot make any of the above dates, please
contact PBHA's Non-Profit Management Fellow, Andrew Iannone, at
We look forward to seeing you!
PBHA's 10th Annual SUP Auction is this April
Auction to be held April 23, 2013 at Cambridge Queens Head on
Harvard University campus from 5:30-8:30 PM
This year we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary
of PBHA's Annual Summer Urban Program Auction. As you know, the
auction raises money to support our 12 summer camps that serve
more than 800 children and teens in Boston & Cambridge.
This year, we honor Mel and Joyce King, a couple
whose involvement with the greater Boston community has inspired
The theme for this year's auction is about celebrating
the past, present, and future of the Summer Urban Program.
**We would love alums to send their favorite memory
of SUP--either a quote or photo so we can incorporate it into
our look and feel. Please email your memory to Cindy Guan at email@example.com.
Also, if you have any great auction item ideas,
please email Charlene Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have some plane tickets which we could couple with cool experiences--
so ideas or leads outside Boston are welcome.
Tickets, each with two complimentary drinks,are
$40 in advance and $45 at the door. Please visit sup.pbha.org/auction
to RSVP, order your ticket, or donate, today.
PBHA's Alumni Weekend is only
36 days away!
Hi Class of 1955:
Our annual alumni weekend is coming up in a little over a month
and we hope you'll join us!
Every year our alumni weekend proves to be inspiring. Alumni from
across the country come back to PBHA for one weekend, and in that
time catch up, meet amazing new people, and strengthen the bond
that holds us all together. When hearing from alum throughout
the ages, it never fails to amaze me how strong our PBHA bond
is. Each of us, no matter the time in which we were involved with
PBHA, were driven to make a difference and to do what we could.
That uniting spark is unique, and can only be found within this
amazing life long community.
Our alumni weekend is packed, and we are still in the process
of solidifying details, but we wanted to give you a sense of what
to expect. A tentative schedule of the weekend is below:
Friday, October 12th
6:30pm to 7:30pm: PBHA's Robert Coles "Call of Service"
Lecture featuring Ernesto Cortez Jr.
7:30pm: PBHA's Post-Lecture Reception
Saturday, October 13th
10:00am to 11:30am: PBHA Alumni Officer/Board Meeting
12:00pm to 2:00pm: PBHA Alumni Reunion Lunch
2:00pm to 7:00pm: Chinatown Reunion for Chinatown Volunteers and
2:30pm to 7:00pm: Alumni Activity TBD
7:00pm to 9:00pm: Alumni Social Gathering
As more information becomes available we will update
Weekend Webpage so check the site from time to time. Also,
please be on the look out for an RSVP email coming soon.
Hope to see you in October!
Non-Profit Management Fellow
PBHA Vice President '10 - '11
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Class Profile: Public Service
Editor's Note: Classmates will remember the tremendous job
that Frank Duehay did to bring to our attention a profile
of the Class of 1955 and its record of public service. His work
was buried at the end of our 50th Reunion Report. [See pages 689
-694]. Because of the Profile's location and the size of the Report,
it is being republished here so that classmates can read it -
or read it again. The material is still quite relevant today,
and represents an interesting view of our Class and its significant
contributions to public service.
Class Profile: Public Service
At some point last spring, Renny Little decided
that it might be interesting for us to probe more deeply into
one aspect of our lives. Fiftieth Reunion questionnaires have
typically ranged more generally across a number of topics such
as reading habits, pop culture, and current events. Since the
1955 Permanent Class Committee had voted at its August 2003 meeting
to establish a Fiftieth theme of public service, an anonymous
questionnaire along those lines seemed logical. At that meeting,
the class committee also decided to raise $1.5 million (by no
means the entire class goal) to endow the position of executive
director of Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA).
Renny asked me to help with the questionnaire because I was so
involved with the PBHA endowment campaign. Despite our lack of
statistical qualifications and our lack of sophistication about
how to frame questions to elicit clear responses, we feel we have
uncovered some valuable information about class involvement in
public service. There is probably more in the raw data to uncover,
so we will not discard it in case others would like to see it.
Our working definition was public service in its broadest sense.
Either paid or voluntary, it is an activity in which one has provided
time, expertise, service, and/or money to help the community,
the country and/or the world to become a better place for its
There were 380 responses to the questionnaire
- 43 percent of living classmates. In many instances, percentages
do not add to 100 percent because I have not enumerated all minor
distinctions in the response categories, nor have I listed the
percentage of the number not responding to that item. Also, I
have not reported tabulations of all items because, in retrospect,
some questions now seem less interesting than others.
The first section of the poll was like that of other classes.
It asked questions about retirement, habitat, income, children
and grandchildren, and marital status. Only 15 percent of our
Class did not respond to the question or classified themselves
as fully retired. More than one-quarter still work full-time and
another 25 percent describe themselves as working part-time. Thirty-five
percent of those fully or partly retired described themselves
as engaged in public service, 20 percent actively so.
Twenty-eight percent of those responding listed themselves as
making less than $100,000 from current employment and 28 percent
more than $100,000. Forty-four percent did not respond to this
question. Annual income from sources other than employment found
39 percent listing less than $100,000 and 39 percent listing more
than $100,000, with 22 percent not responding. Thirteen percent
of us listed annual income of more than $250,000 form sources
other than employment.
Forty-eight percent described themselves as living in the suburbs,
33 percent as living in the city, and 15 percent as living in
rural areas, with the rest in small towns or otherwise in between.
Seventy percent of us are married; another 15 percent remarried;
six percent divorced; and 4 percent widowers. Nine percent have
one child; 28 percent two children; 30 percent three children;
16 percent four children; and 10 percent five or more children.
One of our classmates reports having seventeen grandchildren,
and 27 percent have six or more grandchildren.
The next section of the questionnaire, titled "Public
Service," deals first with class experience and attitudes
about the military. It goes on to try to get at the kinds of voluntary,
elective, and appointive service classmates have had, and what
issues these activities entailed.
Two hundred fifty-four respondents served in the military, the
army being by far the largest branch. One hundred twenty-six declined
to respond. Slightly more served as officers than in enlisted
ranks. A huge percentage of those who served felt that being in
the military constituted a rewarding experience for them. A relatively
small number of classmates (forty) engaged in service as an alternative
to the military.
There were several questions concerning classmates' opinions on
the draft, voluntary military service today, and whether other
forms of public service for youth should be required. Fifty-six
percent of classmates are against reinstating the draft. Sixty-three
percent approve of the current voluntary military service. Fifty-two
percent are opposed to requiring today's youth to serve in the
military. However, sixty-three percent feel that forms of public
service other than military should be required of today's youth.
Twenty-one percent of the Class reported having
held elective office, the overwhelming number at the local level,
while 32 percent reported having held appointive office, most
a the local level but a number at the state/federal level.
Asked how many public-service activities they have engaged in
during their lifetime, 6.6 percent of classmates reported none;
42.6 percent reported 1-5, and 42.7 percent reported 6 or greater.
When asked the average hours per week spent in public-service
activities during their lifetime, 8.45 percent said none; 47.1
percent reported 1-5 hours; and 34.9 percent replied 6 or more,
Asked how many hours per week classmates now devote to public
service, 26.8 percent reported none; 36.1 percent reported 1-5;
and 34.9 percent reported 6 or more.
Asked on how many organizational boards they currently serve,
50.5 percent said 1-5; 4 percent said 6 or more; and 12.9 percent
In contrast, asked on how many such boards they
have served in the past, 56.3 percent said 1-5; 29.2 percent said
6 or more; and 12.9 percent said none.
We asked respondents to indicate in which areas they performed
public service, whether that service was paid or voluntary. By
far, education drew the most responses, followed in order by social
and human services; health; the arts; the environment; the sciences;
and housing. In the "other:" category, religion and
church activities were listed by many. Serving on foundation boards
was another common listing.
We asked respondents to describe what they provided in their public-service
activities, giving them the following choices: volunteer, expertise,
salaried, contributions of money, and trustee level. The responses
were so scattered as not to be meaningful, but it is clear that
service were provided in all these ways.
The questionnaire tried to get at the kinds of
public service performed at various levels of government and in
the international sphere. There is a great deal of data here that
is hard to summarize. At the local level, many have been involved
in town government; town finance and planning boards; historical
commissions; and arts, zoning, and library boards, for example.
At the state level, examples are the judiciary; economic commissions;
corrections; governors' advisory boards; public university trustees;
mass transit; scientific adviser; international trade; social
worker. At the federal and regional levels of government, classmates
listed such activities as jury duty; regional education accreditation
agencies; regional transportation planning; the foreign service;
committees advising or serving in federal departments such as
the Small Business Administration; NASA; Department of the Army;
National Science Foundation; ;Justice; Food and Drug Administration;
and the Federal Reserve Bank. In the international arena, examples
are economic consulting; affordable housing; the Agency for International
Development; the World Bank, Third Word health and nutrition;
At the end of this section, we asked how many of these activities
classmates deemed important contributions. One hundred ninety-eight
classmates, or 52.1 percent, said 1-5 of these activities were
important. One hundred classmates, or 26.2 percent , said 6-20
of such activities were important.
The next section of the survey dealt with politics and advocacy.
Seventy-one percent of respondents support a political party.
Of the 93 percent who are registered voters, 19.5 percent listed
themselves as Independents; 29.5 percent as Republicans; and 41.8
percent as Democrats.
In addition, 43.7 percent supported their party with money; 4.75
percent with time; and 18.7 percent with both. On a related note,
76.3 percent have supported candidates for public office with
money, expertise or both; 22.1 percent often and 36.6 percent
Nearly 43 percent said they advocate for issues while 45.5 percent
said they do not.
The last question in this section asked class mates to compare
their political views with those of twenty-five years ago. More
than 58 percent (58.2) said their political views were about the
same. Twenty percent reported that their views were more conservative
while 20.5 percent reported their views as more liberal.
The final section of he questionnaire dealt with classmates' appraisal
of their public-service activities.
Sixty-six percent of classmates have found their public service
to be very satisfying or satisfying; 17.9 percent somewhat satisfying;
and 2.4 percent unsatisfying.
Asked if their satisfaction with public service had changed over
the years, 21.1 percent found public service more satisfying;
22.1 percent less satisfying; and 41.3 percent reported the same
level of satisfaction.
In addition, 79.5 percent of us said that it is very important
or important for citizens to engage in public service; 11.3 percent
said it is somewhat important; and 1.6 percent said it is unimportant.
We asked whether classmates had ever encountered conflict between
their regular job and their public service. More than 64 percent
(64.2) had never found such conflict, but 22.6 percent had encountered
it once, twice, or occasionally. There were a variety of creative
responses to the question of how classmates resolved the conflicts.
Examples are: changed jobs; lived with it; resigned form public-service
office; just did it - no one complained; recused myself; somehow
carried through; uneasily; less sleep. Clearly, mixing public
service with regular employment caused angst for some.
The final item asked whether respondents' interest in public service
had changed over the years. Nearly thirty-nine percent (38.9)
reported that their interest in public service had remained the
same. More than 24 percent (24.2) reported that their interest
had grown; 16.6 percent said their interest had diminished.
What leaps out from this survey is the variety
of public-service activities classmates have undertaken; the high
percentage of us who have been involved in public service in our
lifetimes; the importance we have assigned to this work; and the
level of satisfaction we have found in it. Public service has
been a significant part of our lives.
Eighty-five percent of us have served on boards at some point.
More than 85 percent have engaged in some form of public service
in their careers, with 34 percent of us spending an average of
six hours or more per week. This commitment seemed to have diminished
only slightly as the years have passed. The variety of kinds of
service is astonishing. Nearly 85 percent have found high or some
level of satisfaction in our work. It is a quite striking finding
that 78.3 percent of classmates found their public-service activities
important. More than one-fifth of us have found conflict between
our regular jobs and out public-service activities during our
There may be other points to make about this data. What about
the large number of classmates who did not respond to the survey,
for example? Renny and I do not know about surveys of other groups
with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. Perhaps our outcome could
have been predicted. We would like to think we are unusual, but
we are probably not. At any rate, we have some information about
ourselves that we didn't have before.
The varieties of public service performed by members of our Class
will be illustrated at reunion time in a panel moderated by Stan
Katz, with classmates Ted Whatley, Oscar Pollock, John Law, and
Dan Mayers participating. A speakout on public service designed
to encourage comment will follow the panel presentation.
Looking back, other questions might have been asked.
Isn't it extraordinary that we didn't think to ask the Class which
presidential candidate they supported, or was that fortuitous?
Why didn't we ask some questions about the origins of classmates'
interest in public service (school, college, parents, teachers,
etc.)? We did not ask questions designed to elicit feelings or
optimism or pessimism about the present and future.
Surveys often raise more questions that they provide answers.
Perhaps other organizations or Harvard classes might like to build
on our beginnings. We challenge them to do that.
Meanwhile, the Harvard Class of 1955 should feel a sense of accomplishment
for its many important contributions, both here and abroad.
Francis H. Duehay
January 2, 2005
Maria Dominquez Gray Becomes an Honorary
Member of the Class of 1955
Maria Dominquez Gray
is the Harvard Class of 1955 Executive Director of the Phillips
House Association. She succeeded Honorary Member Gene Corbin
who held the position since 2005. Maria served as PBHA's Deputy
Director for 13 years. She was made an Honorary Member of the
Harvard Class of 1955 at a reception in her honor on Class Day,
May 23, 2012 under a tent in the Holden Chapel Quadrangle. PBHA
Board Member Bob Blacklow served as the Master of Ceremonies.
He introduced Maria, who gave a short talk in which she thanked
Gene and her staff, and outlined her plans for the future of the
Association. Bob then introduced Class Secretary Renny Little,
who presented Maria with a H'55 pin, a '55/50th Reunion Hat and
a '55 Mug, the latter which she can use to drink with fellow classmates.
Maria expressed her pleasure in becoming an Honorary Member of
the Class and showed her enthusiasm by parading with the Class
into the afternoon Alumni Exercises on Commencement Day.
Gene Corbin leaves PBHA to take on a new Position at Harvard
To the PBHA Community,
I write to submit my resignation as the Class
of 1955 Executive Director
of the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) effective August
Eight years ago, I stumbled into a job that has
truly been the highlight
of my life. I can honestly say that I've given my best and my
I've received far, far more than I've given. What a great ride
it's been ?
it's really impossible to imagine my life without all of the wonderful
people and events I've been privileged to experience at PBHA.
I've often remarked that the one thing I've done
correctly in life has
been to consistently attach myself to communities that have made
better person. I've directed a nonprofit organization in Jackson,
Mississippi, that represents the best of community-based organizations
the notion of loving one?s neighbor; I've served as the Lead Organizer
a community organizing effort in Austin, Texas that represents
the best in
developing leaders to embrace their right to have a voice in the
decisions that impact their communities; and I've had the opportunity
be the Executive Director of an organization led by dedicated,
and idealistic young people who represent the best of collegiate
service and make contributions daily far beyond what anyone imagines
I've learned something from a college student
most every day for the last
8 years! If only everyone could be so lucky as to do work they
love in an
organization that inspires and challenges them....
Forgive me if you've heard this from me before,
but I find it fascinating
that every time I have asked various PBHA groups (current students,
alumni, staff) to name the core values of PBHA, they always -
exception - have generated the same list. How these values get
from generation to generation dating back to 1904 is frankly still
something of a mystery to me, but these values continue to inspire
* Student leadership - PBHA not only believes
in the capacity of young
people to lead, we believe that young people are our best hope
* Community Voice - PBHA believes that the communities we serve
assets and aim to partner with the people we serve rather than
that persons at places like Harvard possess all the answers.
* Direct Service and Social Action - PBHA believes that meeting
needs begs the question of why such needs exist and requires an
accompanying commitment to structural change.
One of the joys I've recently realized is that
almost anywhere I travel, I
can look up a current or former PBHAer and enjoy an instant bond
the power of these values. The values and traditions of PBHA were
established by persons long before me and hopefully will continue
beyond any of us. All of us at PBHA strive to make our contributions
something that is larger than any of us individually, and I hope
done so faithfully.
I am proud of having been a part of making PBHA
a stronger organization
than it was 8 eight years ago. I am even more proud that the values
inherited from others not only remain intact but are flourishing.
values have informed generations of college students, and it's
that PBHA remains a strong institution to transform many generations
In spite of my love for PBHA and my job, however,
I recently began to
suspect that it was time for me to pursue new challenges and for
benefit from new staff leadership. I expected that this exploration
take me away, but new opportunities have arisen at Harvard. I've
offered and have accepted the position of Dean of Public Service
This position will not alter any of the existing
agreements with Harvard.
The context at Harvard, however, has changed greatly during my
Both President Faust and Dean Hammonds have indicated that public
is one of their top priorities, and this position is simply an
provide promotion, coordination, and planning in order to better
all the growing public service initiatives at Harvard. It will
your next Director to focus on supporting the student leaders
of PBHA, as
the demands of public service at-large management and administration
increasingly consuming my time. I believe that my being named
position is a compliment to the entire PBHA community, and it
the hope that PBHA will remain at the center of public service
In short, it will be important for me to get out
of the way of new people
and new ideas at PBHA. I'm not, however, going far and remain
doing anything and everything I can do to support an organization
love in a new capacity.
Saying thank you doesn't quite capture the appreciation
I feel for the
gift of the last 8 years, but I do want to thank you and the PBHA
community. I look forward to continuing to work with you and Maria
Dominguez Gray, in her capacity as Interim Director of PBHA, during
Interested in touring PBHA's Summer Urban Programs?
Our Class Committee meeting is Wednesday, August 3rd in the late
afternoon. PBHA would be glad to host a tour of their SUP (Summer
Urban Programs) for us (and any other classmates who would like
to join in) that day. As I recall, PBHA did that several years
ago and it was well received.
Because of the nature of the SUPs, AM visits are
necessary. We will need a count of those who might wish to go
and then decide whether to ask the summer leadership of PBHA to
Including it with the notice of meeting and on the web site might
be a good way to see if there is any interest. PBHA would need
about 10 days advance notice to host us.
I think it is a good idea to have both 55
and PHBA remember our commitment to each other and this seems
the proper venue.
Interested? Contact me.
Robert S. Blacklow M.D.
Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine
Harvard Medical School
641 Huntington Ave.
Boston MA 02115
If unavailable, try
Summer Urban Program (SUP) needs your support!
As you know I am a Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) Trustee
representing in spirit our endowment of the Class of 1955 Executive
Directorship. Gene Corbin still provides the calm hand
and leadership we have come to expect of him.
At last week's Board meeting we heard that this year the Spring
SUP Auction, which will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, has
an even greater import: federal, state and local funds to support
the summer programs, which many of us visited several years ago,
are in short supply and funds from the Spring Auction are the
only way to supplement these funds.
If you have not gotten a mailing , I urge you to go on line to
and donate, even if you are not planning to come. All the details
are there. Sponsorships start at $250, but any amount is welcome.
If you just want to write a check and not go on line, the check
should be made out to "PBHA Spring Auction" and addressed
to "Phillips Brooks House Association, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
Please help support Harvard College's premier community service
organization and our Harvard Class of 1955 Executive Director.
Many thanks, and I hope to see many of you there on April 26th
at the Queen's Head Pub. (Below Sanders Theater in Memorial Hall)
). The silent auction starts at 5:30 PM and runs until 7:30. The
live auction will be from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Prior admission price
is $30. $40 at the door.
Robert S. Blacklow MD
Dear PBHA-A Members,
Thanks to the Harvard News Office, it is again possible to follow
the experiences of PBHA students participating in nine Alternative
Spring Break service trips through daily blogs and photographs.
Many people enjoyed reading about those inspiring trips last year,
so I thought I would bring the Web site to your attention.
Dear Members of the Harvard Class of 1955:
You are likely familiar with the Phillips Brooks
House Association's (PBHA) service trips for undergraduates. I'm
writing to inform you of a similar and exciting new opportunity
Reflecting Harvard's continuing commitment to
service, PBHA-Alumni, in conjunction with HAA Travels, is organizing
two spring break service trips. These trips are a highly affordable
way to spend a week making a difference with others from the Harvard
community. No prior experience is necessary, simply a willingness
All Harvard alumni, faculty, & staff (including
family members) are invited to participate! A brief description
of each trip with a link to additional information is listed below.
Space is limited, so act now!
If you have further questions about either trip, please feel free
to contact me at (617) 767-8348 or <email@example.com>.
Gene Corbin, Class of 1955 Executive Director,
Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA)
NEW ORLEANS, MARCH 14-21
This trip includes painting and landscaping with the Dillard University
Community Redevelopment Corporation. Volunteers will help the
Gentilly neighborhood of East New Orleans rebuild from the devastation
of Hurricane Katrina.
Click here for information and registration: https://secure.post.harvard.edu/olc/pub/HAA/events/event_order.cgi?tmpl=events&event=2241345
JACKSON, MS, APRIL 5-11
This trip involves construction related tasks with Metro Jackson
Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers will help build much-needed affordable
housing in this community while enjoying southern hospitality.
Click here for information and registration: https://secure.post.harvard.edu/olc/pub/HAA/events/event_order.cgi?tmpl=events&event=2241335
THE BELOW PHOTOS COULD INCLUDE YOU IN THE SPRING OF 2010!
Participants on the March 14-21
Trip will reside and take meals on the gorgeous campus of Dillard
University -- a prominent historically black college and university
(HCBU) that is leading efforts to rebuild the Gentilly neighborhood
of New Orleans.
Harvard undergraduates at work
on a previous service trip to New Orleans -- efforts to landscape
and paint are critical to reviving the Gentilly neighborhood.
undergraduates building a home on a previous service trip to Jackson,
MS. From April 5-11, the Harvard community will again make a new
affordable home possible for a family with Metro Jackson Habitat