Linda Louise King this year’s campus *VISTA member

From left: Carie Goral, executive director of the RI Campus Compact; RIC
president Nancy Carriuolo; *VISTA's Linda Louise King; Ron Pitt, RIC vice
president for academic affairs; and Liz Garofalo, coordinator of special
projects in the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.
Linda Louise King, honors graduate of Spellman College and Merrill Scholar, University of London, is joining the RIC campus community this year as the 2009-10 *VISTA under the supervision Liz Garofalo, coordinator of special projects in the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.

July marked the third year of the Rhode Island College, Rhode Island Campus Compact (RICC) AmeriCorps*VISTA partnership. RICC AmeriCorps*VISTAs are full-time AmeriCorps members who address the pressing issues facing low-income communities by improving the quality of campus community service and service-learning programs and increasing the number of student volunteers.

Through their unique campus-based placements, AmeriCorps*VISTA members build relationships with community-based organizations and connect them with campus resources such as student volunteers, faculty teaching service-learning courses and community Federal Work Study programs.

The national-service program was founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network in 1993.

King, an artist-in-residence at AS220 in Providence for six years, is a screenwriter, dancer and poet. She has received financial awards to pursue her work and enhance her leadership skills from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts and the Rhode Island Foundation.

Prior to her appointment as a RICC *VISTA, King facilitated the development of community partnerships with churches, academic institutions and arts organizations, to develop an urban arts program in Providence. ArtsReach, based at Mathewson Street United Methodist Church, utilizes the artistic modalities of community dance, theatre, painting and photography to improve self-mastery among the guests of the Friday Community Meal and HIV/AIDS drop in center.

King’s interest at RIC is in using art education partnership and mentorship strategies to develop, promote and engage academic/community partnerships. She is currently drafting the conceptual frameworks and action plans for her projects that will be made available to the campus community via the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development Community Service web page in the coming weeks.

Contact Linda Louise King at (401) 456-8562 or Her office is located in Horace Mann, Room 068.