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Poughkeepsie Institute to release “Finding Community in Poughkeepsie” report at the Children's Media Project in Poughkeepsie, December 7, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- On Monday, December 7, the Poughkeepsie Institute will release its new report “Finding Community in Poughkeepsie” at an 11:00am press conference at the Children’s Media Project, 20 Academy Street in Poughkeepsie. The findings culminate a 14-week study by 24 students and five faculty members representing The Culinary Institute of America, Dutchess Community College, Marist College, SUNY-New Paltz and Vassar College.  The report will also be presented to the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council and Mayor John Tkazyik during the 7:00pm Common Council meeting on December 7.

"Finding Community in Poughkeepsie” will address the rumored breakdown of community in America, by documenting instances of and impediments to the strengthening of community ties in Poughkeepsie, including projects that are rebuilding community. Youth issues, the arts, business, human services, and the Walkway Over the Hudson are among the topics analyzed from a variety of academic disciplines. Specific research-based policy recommendations for fostering stronger local community ties will be highlighted in the presentation, which will include a 40-page written report, a 13-minute video and a photography exhibition.

Joe D’Ambrosio, president of the Family Partnership Center human services center in Poughkeepsie, remarked, “This is exactly the kind of objective, academic study we need to know and serve our community better.”

The longstanding and national award-winning Poughkeepsie Institute is the only collaboration of colleges in America with a municipality as the lead partner.

"The report is the result of a completely distinctive form of higher education," said Peter Leonard, the Director of Field Work at Vassar College who also heads the Poughkeepsie Institute. "This study, framed by a curriculum committee of academic and community experts, is based on the students’ hands-on, community wide research."

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, November 25, 2009