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A transformative place where Allston-Brighton and Harvard University communities come together, share ideas, and learn from one another.
Rob Lue, Faculty Director of the Ed Portal, passed away November 11, 2020 from cancer at age 56.
In 2008, the Harvard Ed Portal (HEP) was launched with Rob Lue serving as its first Faculty Director. Though he shaped and developed the vision behind the Ed Portal, he was always listening and reimagining programs based on exchanges and conversations he had with the local community, the City of Boston, and students, staff and faculty at the University.
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Rob believed in educating the whole person. He believed we would get to better answers if we approached problems and education from a multi-disciplinary approach. The first program developed at the Ed Portal was the mentoring of neighborhood youth. Harvard undergraduate mentors were charged with instilling in youth “a passion for lifelong learning” and in turn undergraduate mentors would learn from the youth in the neighborhood about listening, teaching and learning. We continue that approach with all the programs at the Ed Portal whether focused on youth or adults.
In addition to being the Faculty Director of the Harvard Ed Portal, he was Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology, he served as the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, UNESCO Chair on Life Sciences and Social Innovation, and the Faculty Director of LabXchange. Previous appointments included Director of Life Sciences Education at Harvard, Founding Faculty Director of HarvardX, Dean of the Harvard Summer School and Advisor to the Crimson Summer Academy.
The Harvard Gazette has published a story on Rob Lue which can be found in the link below.
We will miss Rob immensely and look to continue to carry out his legacy at the Ed Portal.
"We believe that learning is a journey across your entire life. The Harvard Ed Portal is a place where no matter where you are in that journey, you can actually learn here." – Rob Lue
- The Harvard Ed Portal Team
The Ed Portal embraces a diversity of participants and ideas from across the Allston-Brighton community and Harvard.
I am thrilled that as increasing numbers of residents, students, and working professionals participate in our programs, our dream of creating a vibrant, open space for cross-community learning is coming true.
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It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Harvard Ed Portal—a place where everyone in our community, at every stage and place in life, can come together, learn and find inspiration.
The Ed Portal embraces a diversity of participants and ideas from across the Allston-Brighton community and Harvard. I am thrilled that as increasing numbers of residents, students, and working professionals participate in our programs, our dream of creating a vibrant, open space for cross-community learning is coming true.
Through new approaches to K-12 education, career and economic development opportunities, more holistic paths to personal wellness, digital and online learning, and continued expansion of our arts programs and events, the Ed Portal seeks to open new doors for everyone in our shared community.
Learning is a journey across your entire life. The Harvard Ed Portal is a place where, no matter where you are in that journey, you can continue to grow and learn.
I invite you to visit us at 224 Western Ave. in Allston, sign up to become a member, and explore our many programs, events, and scholarship opportunities!
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The Ed Portal works with a wide range of partners from the community, City of Boston, and across Harvard University. These connections help make the relationship between the University and with the Allston-Brighton neighborhood so meaningful.
The Harvard Ed Portal works with partners from across Allston-Brighton, the City of Boston, and with local businesses and organizations to deliver collaborative programming.