SueEllen has worked at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities since 2004. Throughout her 13 years at RICH, she has planned, implemented and evaluated numerous public humanities initiatives. She is perhaps best known for advising countless nonprofit organizations and individual scholars on how to develop their humanities ideas and projects to be competitive with the Council’s funding goals and parameters.
In addition to overseeing the administration of the grant program including policy, outreach, and compliance, SueEllen spearheads its advancement via strategic partnerships, resource-building, and new initiatives.
Her current partnership projects include:
- Rhode Tour: a joint partnership with Brown University’s Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and the Rhode Island Historical Society to advance Rhode Island history and place-based tours through mobile phone technology
- Catalyzing Culture: the development and implementation of a collaborative-based model that revives and showcases the assets of the cultural sector (leadership, rich heritage, and placemaking) and tools of the humanities (civic/community engagement, historical context, critical thinking, storytelling and informed dialogue) to enhance and strengthen the cultural sector.
SueEllen believes in the power of the humanities to strengthen communities, support intellectual curiosity, and transform democratic practice –and is very thankful that she gets to work in a state with such innovative and inspiring partners. SueEllen has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Wheaton College.