In the aftermath of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, a compassionate community was revealed to the world.  Students, faculty, staff, and community members were caring actively. 


Then, we set out to build compassionate campuses beyond VT. 

We learned:

  • Kindness builds community, but these acts fade away without recognition
  • Recognition encourages kindness, but physical and mental barriers stop the recognition of others
  • Psychological barriers can be overcome with research-based programming!

We formed the Cor Foundation Inc. 

The Cor Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, which translates scientific research into school-based youth programs and research-based practices for school personnel to facilitate prosocial development and reduce violence in K-12 schools and higher education.

We chose "COR"!

  • It is derived from the Latin root “Cor” (heart) --  “to say it with all the heart; to be sincere.” 

  • A culture of sincere, genuine caring for others is our north star.

  • We use COR as a variation of CORE, which has applications across fields: computers and technology, media, science and academics. For us, COR refers to an adaptable framework that can be customized to meet others' needs most effectively. 

 

What does the Cor Foundation do? 

Cor conducts applied research studies on prosocial competence, strengths and behavior. Science is translated into programs for specific school contexts in order to benefit students, schools, communities and eventually society. 

APPLIED RESEARCH

Using the scientific method to explore prosocial youth development and school climate (using student perception surveys and staff focus groups sessions)

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EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING

Reviewing school climate data and making recommendations based on the research evidence to guide school climate change

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SCHOOL-BASED YOUTH PROGRAMS & IMPLEMENTATION

Providing research-based programs for youth to change their own school climate with innovative peer-to-peer implementation models


What do we apsire to? 

Cor aspires to be the most transparent research-focused, non-profit organization in education through financial, organizational and research openness. By removing the walls and opening the door to all stakeholders, we believe more positive change will come to those who we serve.

FINANCIAL

Posting our financials (e.g., 990 form) to guidestar for increased openness and accessibility

ORGANIZATIONAL

Tracking every hour of our time for employees and Fellows to determine ROI and impact

RESEARCH

Following BITSS guidelines to increase openness of materials, data, and methods


  Shane McCarty, PhD   Executive Director & Research Scientist   Shane is responsible for developing and executing the   organizational strategy along with applied research and model development.      shane@corfoundation.us

Shane McCarty, PhD

Executive Director & Research Scientist

Shane is responsible for developing and executing the organizational strategy along with applied research and model development. 

shane@corfoundation.us

  Laura Beth Williams   Director of Philanthropy & Partnerships   Laura Beth is responsible for capacity building for the organization through donor relationships, strategic partnerships and grants.      laurabeth@corfoundation.us

Laura Beth Williams

Director of Philanthropy & Partnerships

Laura Beth is responsible for capacity building for the organization through donor relationships, strategic partnerships and grants. 

laurabeth@corfoundation.us

  Kyle Pacque   Director of Programs & Training   Kyle is responsible for developing   programs and  training adult allies, college students, high school leaders, and organizational partners.      kyle@corfoundation.us

Kyle Pacque

Director of Programs & Training

Kyle is responsible for developing programs and  training adult allies, college students, high school leaders, and organizational partners. 

kyle@corfoundation.us

  Kaylynn Hill   Cleveland, Ohio   Kaylynn, an aspiring student affairs professional, is the lead character coach in Cleveland, Ohio. evelopmental science applications to schools  .      kaylynn@corfoundation.us     

Kaylynn Hill

Cleveland, Ohio

Kaylynn, an aspiring student affairs professional, is the lead character coach in Cleveland, Ohio. evelopmental science applications to schools

kaylynn@corfoundation.us

 

  Miriel Etheridge   District-Maryland-Virginia   Miriel , a n after-school mentor in DC public schools, is the lead character coach in the District-Maryland-Virginia region.      miriel@corfoundation.us

Miriel Etheridge

District-Maryland-Virginia

Miriel, an after-school mentor in DC public schools, is the lead character coach in the District-Maryland-Virginia region. 

miriel@corfoundation.us

 Latrice Everett   The Ohio State University

Latrice Everett

The Ohio State University

 Talia Cobb   Case Western Reserve

Talia Cobb

Case Western Reserve

 Lexy Carlo   George Mason University

Lexy Carlo

George Mason University

 Tiffani Renfroe   Lakeland Community College

Tiffani Renfroe

Lakeland Community College

 Courtney Birkhimer   The Ohio State University

Courtney Birkhimer

The Ohio State University

 Megan Arnold   Allegheny College

Megan Arnold

Allegheny College

 Tamara Toney   George Mason University

Tamara Toney

George Mason University

 Brian Hill   Lakeland Community College

Brian Hill

Lakeland Community College

 Erica Magier   The Ohio State University

Erica Magier

The Ohio State University

 Kara Spencer   Ohio University Southern

Kara Spencer

Ohio University Southern

 Brooklynn        OSU @ Marion

Brooklynn       OSU @ Marion

 Hannah Scurlock   Lakeland Community College

Hannah Scurlock

Lakeland Community College

 Kayla Smith   The Ohio State University

Kayla Smith

The Ohio State University

 Ezell McCraney   Tulane University

Ezell McCraney

Tulane University

 Seayra Spears   OSU @ Marion/ Marion Tech

Seayra Spears

OSU @ Marion/ Marion Tech

  Deepu George, PhD    Deepu,  Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at University of Texas (RGV) , provides expertise on contextual behavioral science applications, grant writing, and project management.      deepu@corfoundation.us     

Deepu George, PhD

Deepu, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at University of Texas (RGV), provides expertise on contextual behavioral science applications, grant writing, and project management. 

deepu@corfoundation.us

 

  Shane McCarty, PhD    Shane , Executive Director & Research Scientist at the Cor Foundation , provides expertise on organizational and developmental science applications to schools  .      shane@corfoundation.us     

Shane McCarty, PhD

Shane, Executive Director & Research Scientist at the Cor Foundation, provides expertise on organizational and developmental science applications to schools

shane@corfoundation.us

 

  Francis Shushok, PhD    Frank,  Associate Vice President of Student Affairs , provides expertise on student learning, character development, and change management. 

Francis Shushok, PhD

Frank, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, provides expertise on student learning, character development, and change management. 

 Taris LeMaster   Taris,  Associate Director at NYC Leadership Academy , advises on K-12 training and the broader higher education strategy.     taris@corfoundation.us

Taris LeMaster

Taris, Associate Director at NYC Leadership Academy, advises on K-12 training and the broader higher education strategy.

taris@corfoundation.us

 Sarah Saxton   Sarah,  Vice President at Ipsos,  advises on marketing strategy, including brand strategy and positioning, stakeholder management and innovation to benefit society.    

Sarah Saxton

Sarah, Vice President at Ipsos, advises on marketing strategy, including brand strategy and positioning, stakeholder management and innovation to benefit society.  

 Harry Rosenbaum   Harry,  an Innovation Consultant at Fahrenheit 212,  advises on design, branding, and innovation to empathically reach people.     harry@corfoundation.us

Harry Rosenbaum

Harry, an Innovation Consultant at Fahrenheit 212, advises on design, branding, and innovation to empathically reach people.

harry@corfoundation.us

 Rishi Ishairzay   Rishi,  a Software Engineer at Twitter , advises on technological strategy and mobile application development.      rishi@corfoundation.us

Rishi Ishairzay

Rishi, a Software Engineer at Twitter, advises on technological strategy and mobile application development.

rishi@corfoundation.us

 Andrea Langston   Andrea,  a retired elementary and middle school teacher,  advises on the development of the middle school curriculum.      andrea@corfoundation.us

Andrea Langston

Andrea, a retired elementary and middle school teacher, advises on the development of the middle school curriculum. 

andrea@corfoundation.us

 Ginny Lopez-Kidwell, PhD   Ginny,  a visiting professor at Florida International University , advises on social network analysis applications.     ginny@corfoundation.us

Ginny Lopez-Kidwell, PhD

Ginny, a visiting professor at Florida International University, advises on social network analysis applications.

ginny@corfoundation.us

 Julie Dunsmore, PhD   Julie,  Associate Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech,  specializes in the prosocial and emotional development of youth.      

Julie Dunsmore, PhD

Julie, Associate Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech, specializes in the prosocial and emotional development of youth. 

  

 Somiah Lattimore   Somiah,  Director of Experiential Education at Virginia Commonwealth University,  advises on design thinking and social entrepreneurship.   

Somiah Lattimore

Somiah, Director of Experiential Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, advises on design thinking and social entrepreneurship.  

 Jordan Booker, PhD   Jordan,  Post-Doctoral Fellow at Emory University,  advises on social-emotional adolescent development.

Jordan Booker, PhD

Jordan, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Emory University, advises on social-emotional adolescent development.

 Dalia Rihani   Dalia is founder of  Dalia Rihani Design Co . She is designing a kindness mobile app for iOS. 

Dalia Rihani

Dalia is founder of Dalia Rihani Design Co. She is designing a kindness mobile app for iOS. 

 Shawn You   Shawn is co-founder of  M  or11 . He has used videos to share our story and impact. 

Shawn You

Shawn is co-founder of Mor11. He has used videos to share our story and impact. 

 Laurie Westley   Laurie is founder and President of  Blue Sky Partners . She advises on strategy and partnerships. 

Laurie Westley

Laurie is founder and President of Blue Sky Partners. She advises on strategy and partnerships. 

 Dianne C. Lipsey   Dianne is founder and President of  ADR Vantage .   She provides executive coaching to Cor staff.

Dianne C. Lipsey

Dianne is founder and President of ADR Vantage.   She provides executive coaching to Cor staff.