Faculty Development Through Community Engagement
Cheryl Pooler, DSW class of 2019, started a non-profit called The Cove in 2016 to provide high school students experiencing homelessness in the Waco Independent School District a place to thrive. As the Personnel Chair and Co-Founder of the Organization, Cheryl has worked hard to ensure that the organization attracts the needed resources for its success. Recently, through Cheryl and her colleagues' efforts, the organization received a substantive donation from Chip and Joanna Gaines Magnolia Foundation (the Fixer Upper show).
Cheryl is currently participating in the course DRSW 734: Leadership, Mentorship and Faculty Development, in which faculty development is addressed within the contexts of supervision and mentoring. One key element of the module on faculty development is community engagement. Cheryl's work in co-founding the Cove and ensuring that it succeeds by seeing to its financial success accentuates her genuine willingness to be a community-engaged scholar. The issue of homelessness remains a global challenge. Cheryl's fight to address this negative phenomenon in the Independent School Districts (ISDs) in Waco, Texas, is worthy of emulation. Congratulations Cheryl!