[ In Focus ] Photo courtesy of Noreen McGinness Olson WHO? Ten Middlesex students worked with a group of academically challenged 8- and 9-year-old children as part of an International Service-Learning Project. The MCC students designed age-appropriate interactive arts activities to expose the Irish youngsters to other cultures and societies – especially American culture. WHERE? Sandy Row, Belfast, Ireland – Now one of the city’s most deprived wards, this once-thriving community and its children have suffered over the years from war and “the Troubles.” The ServiceLearning project was part of Homework Club, a government initiative that promotes literacy, numeracy and improving selfesteem among the children of Sandy Row. WHEN? June, 2012 – These two groups were brought together through MCC’s “Ireland Experience” International Education Fellowship, a two-week study-abroad program supported by the MCC Foundation. Middlesex students studied at Dublin’s St. Patrick’s College, and Belfast’s Stranmillis University College, which coordinated the Sandy Row Service-Learning experience. Do you have an interesting photograph from your time at Middlesex? If you’d like to share it in Profiles magazine, please contact Kathy Register at registerk @ middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3558. [ 36 ] Profiles