Community Research and Learning Network
Major funding for Trinity’s Service-Learning Program is provided in part by the DC-area CoRAL (Community Research and Learning) Network.
Founded by Sociology Professor Sam Marullo (then-Director of the Volunteer and Public Center at Georgetown University) the CoRAL Network is a consortium of community-based organizations and higher education institutions in the Washington DC metro area engaged in community-based learning and research to promote positive social change and advance their social justice missions in the national capital region.
The CoRAL Network started off as a project at Georgetown University with a five-year grant awarded by the Bonner Foundation in 1997 to the university’s Volunteer and Public Service Center (which is now the Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching, and Service) with a goal of encouraging the use of Georgetown’s resources and research abilities to further the social change efforts of local community-based organizations and thus strengthening university-community ties.
CoRAL University Members:
- American University
- Catholic University
- Georgetown University
- George Washington University
- University of the District of Columbia
- University of Maryland
The CoRAL Network’s Executive Director is Elizabeth Shrader. Prior to joining CoRAL in 2003, she most recently served as the Policy and Development Director at the Council of Latino Agencies (CLA) in Washington, DC. Ms. Shrader has lived and worked throughout Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. She has researched and published on a wide range of topics, including: adolescent fertility and reproductive behavior in developing countries; the health and economic impacts of gender violence; urban social policy and social capital accumulation; gendered dimensions of complex humanitarian and natural disasters; and organizational management for the non-profit sector in developing countries.
Visit the CoRAL Network online: www.coralnetwork.org