News Archive


• Wiki Education recently published an article by Katie Webber ’19 on her experiences contributing to Wikipedia as part of HUMA/SOCI 371: Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities. Katie’s entirely new article on the Montrose Center was featured in the “Did You Know” section on Wikipedia’s main page this spring.

Bridget Schilling ’17 received the 2017 Merfish Award in recognition of her sustained commitment and leadership in advancing social justice, gender equality and inclusivity on campus, in Houston, and beyond.

FALL 2016

• PJHC minor Anna Thomas ’18 shared her experiences from her summer at the Rice Archaeological Field School in Tanzania.


• PJHC Steering Committee member Vivian Ho is quoted in a story about the effects of the oil downturn on health care prices.
• PJHC Steering Committee member Vivian Ho writes movingly on the need for compassion in the US healthcare system in her latest article.
Rachael Peterson (PJHC ’12) is interviewed in this article on deforestation.
• PJHC Minor Caroline Brigham is co-captain of Rice’s Solar Decathlon Team. The Team will design and build a house for the 2017 competition. Read more.

FALL 2015

• Read PJHC Minor Zara Khan‘s latest on Millennials: “They’re empathetic doers.”
• Read PJHC Minor Benito Aranda-Comer‘s latest, “If Rocinha Were Ours”.
• Read PJHC Minor Benito Aranda-Comer‘s latest on favela author Carolina Maria de Jesus.
• Read about the Susan McAshan Summer service Interns’ digital stories in the Rice News. The stories were screened at The PJHC Internship Closing Event on October 20.
• PJHC Minor Benito Aranda-Comer is studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro, and doing social media activism with RioOnWatch. Check out his latest article.
Diana Strassmann discusses Wikipedia’s “bum rap” on American Radioworks. PJHC students contribute Wikipedia articles as part of the minor’s core courses. Dr. Strassmann directs the PJHC Program.


• PJHC alumnus Darren Arquero ’11 received the Philip Brett LBGT Studies fellowship at UC Berkeley to support his PhD research in ethnic studies.
• An article on burger wives — Ghanaian women whose husbands have migrated for work — by Colleen Fugate (PJHC Class of 2014) was published in Wherever Mag.
• Alum Amanda Macune is the 2015-16 Community Bridges Coordinator.
• Congratulations to PJHC Minor Kendall Post! Kendall received the 2015 Merfish Award in recognition of her sustained commitment to issues of social justice for women.
• Minor Jennifer Muturi brought back a project for Rice Engineers from her Susan McAshan Summer Service Internship in Ghana – See more at: Rice News
Micaela Canales and K. C. Ho completed engaged research projects with their community partners, Good Neighbor Healthcare Center and Girls Inc. Read more.
• PJHC students shared their final projects at the fourth annual Community Bridges Spring Celebration.
• Minor Angela Aie is a Farb Summer Fellow! Check out photos from the YES Prep field day at Rice that Angela organized this spring.
• New Community Bridges Blog posts by minors Angela Aie and Jayme Smith.
Dr. Michael Emerson, a member of the PJHC Steering Committee, presented the 2015 Brown Lecture on Teaching Excellence – See more at: Rice News.
• PJHC Steering Committee Member, Dr. Anthony Pinn, was elected to the American Theological Society, the oldest professional theological society in North America. – See more at: Rice News.
• Check out the Community Bridges Blog with entries by PJHC minors Maggie Colson, Kayla Hatchell, and Vickie Wang!
Dr. Alex Byrd, a member of the PJHC Steering Committee, won the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching. Rice News article.
• Several PJHC minors won year-end awards. Congratulations to Kayla Hatchell, Sam Love, Shannon McNamara, Rachel Mitchell, Jennifer Muturi, Allison Shields, Kendall Post, and Madhuri Venkateswar!