Wheelock College's Mattahunt work recognized by national group

Wheelock College's Mattahunt work recognizedWheelock College's Mattahunt work recognized

The American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) presented Wheelock College with the 2012 John Blackburn Award for its work in revitalizing the Mattahunt Community Center in Mattapan.

The center was closed in 2010, but the city of Boston and Wheelock worked in close partnership with the Mattapan community to set a collaborative vision for the center.

The Center re-opened last year under Wheelock’s management and offers a growing roster of academic and recreational services and activities to an average of nearly 200 families per day.

“Wheelock is honored to receive the John Blackburn Award as a testament to the tremendous progress made at the Center to create opportunities where children and youth can thrive, families are supported, and those who work with children and families are appreciated,” said Wheelock College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott.

Pictured above, (from left) Adrian K. Haugabrook, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Chief Diversity Officer; Marta T. Rosa, Special Assistant to the President, Office of Government and External Affairs; Jackie Jenkins-Scott, President, Wheelock College; Shellice Baker, Youth Coordinator, Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center; Rashad O. Cope, Director, Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center. Photo by Beth Kaplan