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


Then, we set out to build compassionate campus communities beyond Virginia Tech. 

What have 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
  • Scientific research can teach us about kindness, barriers, and much more
 

We started a research-based organization, the COR Foundation.

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

Why is our name "COR"?

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

  2. Sincere, genuine caring for others is the ultimate level of student prosocial competence

  3. 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

Executive Staff

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 & Strategic 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 & Strategic 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

 

Board of Directors

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. 

Organizational Advisory Council

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

Taris LeMaster

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

taris@corfoundation.us

Harry Rosenbaum Harry, an Experience Strategist at Wolff Olins, advises on branding, design and radical thinking to empathically reach people. harry@corfoundation.us

Harry Rosenbaum

Harry, an Experience Strategist at Wolff Olins, advises on branding, design and radical thinking 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

Research Advisory Council 

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. 

 

The Cor Foundation is seeking research advisors in the field of youth prosocial development!


Character Coaches (Trainers/ Facilitators)

Kaylynn Hill Kaylynn, an aspiring student affairs professional, is the lead character coach in the Cleveland, Ohio  area.   kaylynn@corfoundation.us

Kaylynn Hill

Kaylynn, an aspiring student affairs professional, is the lead character coach in the Cleveland, Ohio  area.  

kaylynn@corfoundation.us

Miriel Etheridge Miriel, an after-school mentor in DC public schools, is the lead character coach in the Washington, DC area.  miriel@corfoundation.us  

Miriel Etheridge

Miriel, an after-school mentor in DC public schools, is the lead character coach in the Washington, DC area. 

miriel@corfoundation.us

 


2017-2018 Kevin R. Lawall Fellows

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

Brian Hill Lakeland Community College

Brian Hill

Lakeland Community College

Courtney Birkhimer The Ohio State University

Courtney Birkhimer

The Ohio State University

Megan Arnold Allegheny College

Megan Arnold

Allegheny College

Aneesa Zarzis George Mason University

Aneesa Zarzis

George Mason University

Erica Magier The Ohio State University

Erica Magier

The Ohio State University

Kara Spencer Ohio University Southern

Kara Spencer

Ohio University Southern

Tiffani Renfroe Lakeland Community College

Tiffani Renfroe

Lakeland Community College

Kayla Smith The Ohio State University

Kayla Smith

The Ohio State University

Ezell McCraney Tulane University

Ezell McCraney

Tulane University

Hannah Scurlock Lakeland Community College

Hannah Scurlock

Lakeland Community College