Blackspace: The Legacy of Dean Hardy

The last “black spaces” in the timeline of spaces on campus that I have been researching are Lemon and Hardy halls. Lemon and Hardy, originally Jamestown North and South, are the newest residences on campus. They were opened in 2006, and ten years later were renamed for prominent African Americans at William and Mary. Lemon is named for a slave owned by William and Mary in the 18th century and not much is known about him, but Hardy was a Dean at the College who has left an indelible mark on the College of William and Mary, and learning her story was one of the best parts of the research I’ve done this summer. Dr. Carroll Hardy was an educator, an inspiration, and most importantly, she was a crucial part of efforts to diversify the college after years of segregation (forced and voluntary).

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The Final Post: Concluding my research, but not my promotion of ecotherapy

Alongside my research with Dr. Ibes at the Parks Research Lab, I have been interning for Wildrock Nature Playscape, a non-profit in Crozet, Virginia. Via this internship, I will be leading an ecotherapy retreat for college students. The goal of this retreat is to teach college students what ecotherapy is, and then help them plan an ecotherapy initiative on their college campus. For more information, please contact me at dcspitz@email.wm.edu, as William & Mary students are welcome on this retreat. Most major schools in Virginia will eventually feature an ecotherapy initiative on their campus. Thus, my research at the Parks Research Lab this summer has aided me in promoting ecotherapy to others.

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The Largest Obstacle: Describing ecotherapy research to peers and professionals

The most difficult part of this summer research has been describing my research to others. Ecotherapy is a generally unheard-of field of research, so most people have no idea what it is and what my research could possibly be about. In this article I will try to explain what my research is about. Before I do so, I would like you to think about what Ecotherapy research could be. Why do you think it is so difficult to describe?

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One Way Mirrors and Full Circles: Finishing Up Work on the Mentoring Study

After performing analyses on the data, closing computer windows, and shutting the lab door behind me, I’ve packed up and left Williamsburg for the rest of the summer. But, readers, as they say in infomercials, that’s not all!

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