Three Albert Dorman Honors College students, accompanied by ADHC Assistant Dean for Student Programs Paul Dine, PhD, traveled to the Dominican Republic earlier this month to help complete the building of a home for a local family in need. Melissa Bauer of West Orange, a senior environmental science major; Asma Jafri of Freehold, a sophomore science, technology, and society major in the accelerated program, and Carmel Pratt of Revivim, Israel, a sophomore architecture major, were joined by fellow Newark students from Rutgers Law School and the Physical Therapy Program at UMDNJ. Jafri and Pratt are both members of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority.
While the trip's main focus was to complete the construction of the house (which went up in five days), the group also performed water testing, physical therapy, and research into the needs of the community of Lavapie in the Las Charcas area of the Dominican Republic, near the Haitian border. Continuing the pattern of community service locally and globally, the students plan on creating a program at NJIT where students work on projects to help better communities abroad and travel to those communities to implement their projects and help change lives.