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Volunteer of the Week


Professor Janet Grigsby, a senior lecturer in the Sociology Department, is this week’s Kenney Center Volunteer of the Week.

This fall, Grigsby has played a role in recovery and relief work following Hurricanes Irene and Lee by volunteering and encouraging involvement on the College campus. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Land Trust of Schenectady and was instrumental in organizing the Thruway A Cappella Sing-Off at Proctor’s, which raised over $6,000 for the Land Trust to provide affordable housing.

In December, Grigsby takes the Community Service Mini-term class to Louisiana to participate in hurricane relief in New Orleans and Dulac, La. As a result of this work, Grigsby developed a sophomore research seminar on Hurricane Katrina, as well as a course on the Sociology of Disaster.

A resident of Schenectady, Grigsby has taught at the College since 1986. Grigsby attributes her interest in community service to her education at Oberlin College, whose motto is “Learning and Labor.”

Following graduation and before graduate school, Grigsby and her husband served two years in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone.

“The most satisfying part of teaching at Union is seeing our students become engaged in the wider community, putting what they learn in the classroom to work for the betterment of the world,” she said.