Competing visions and growing pains: on the Center’s origins

Irwin Venick expands on the competing visions between the SHC and the Center for Health Services (CHS), explaining that once the Center was established, Coalitioners faced the challenge of adjusting to a structure they hadn’t had to in previous installments of their work. As co-director at the time, Dick Couto faced considerable challenges. He sought to honor the empowerment of students and communities, yet also navigate the more formalized and academic nature of the Center’s priorities. Irwin notes, however, that despite the difficulty and hurt on many different fronts, good work came out of the growing pains. See the full length panel discussion to learn more about the complex origins of the institutionalized Center and its relationship to the student-led Coalition.

Recorded December 10th, 2021.