Associate Professor Dr. Ishita Sinha Roy & Assistant Professor Emily Yochim, from the Department of Communication Arts & Theater, are the faculty organizers of the Year of Social Change.

"A generation that acquires knowledge without ever understanding how that knowledge can benefit the community is a generation that is not learning what it means to be citizens in a democracy."
-- Elizabeth L. Hollander (1817-1885)


Welcome to the Year of Social Change! At Allegheny College, students, faculty members, and staff are working in partnership with community members to promote local food initiatives, create community art projects, motivate political participation, support environmental sustainability, and invest in the education and empowerment of groups on the margins. We hope that the events taking place this fall 2009-spring 2010, inspire, enable, and empower community transformations through citizen action.

In April 2009, the President of the United States signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which marks September 11 as a Day of National Service and Remembrance. David Paine, founder and president of, the nonprofit group that led a seven-year campaign to formally establish 9/11 as an annually recognized day of service and remembrance, notes that, "There isn't a better or more fitting way to remember 9/11 than for all of us as Americans to voluntarily set aside time on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks to help others in need."

The Year of Social Change draws on the spirit of service and action embodied by the Serve America Act. The activities and outcomes during this year seek to highlight and recognize community action efforts at Allegheny College and in the surrounding community, while also inspiring discussion of and movement toward multiple transformations – personal, civic, environmental, economic, political, and beyond.

If you would like to contact the organizers, you can email Dr. ishita Sinha Roy at and Dr. Emily Yochim at