About CEHD Reads

The Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning (PSTL) and the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) are building a year of education and events around the shared question:

Can one person make a difference?

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As part of this process, the college community is joining our 2014-2015 first-year students in reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.

The featured book for CEHD Reads tells the story of Henrietta Lacks (known by scientists as HeLa). Lacks grew up in a poor tobacco farming community in Clover, Virginia. In 1951 doctors at Johns Hopkins took cancerous cells from her body without her knowledge. HeLa cells have played a major role in important scientific and medical advancements.

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Henrietta Lacks died at the age of 31 and her family has received no compensation despite the billions of dollars that the HeLa cells have generated in the medical industry. Skloot’s book raises critical questions about race, ethics and scientific discovering.

As with past CEHD Reads books, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks probes the question: How can one person make a difference?

We are eager to share the ways that we, as a college, make a difference through transformational research, top-quality education, and partnerships with our community beyond campus.

CEHD’s First Year Experience Program

The College of Education and Human Development offers a two-semester curriculum focused on the social, academic, and institutional needs of first-year students. This program builds intentional pathways to college by introducing students to ways of thinking in different academic disciplines, strategies for collaborating with others, and resources for discovering their own strengths. These transition tools are integrated into first-year curriculum, built around a First Year Inquiry course and Learning Communities.


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Last modified on May 21, 2013.