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Joel Schlessinger gives back to Brown University to thank the educational institution for all they did for him, and to help young scholars.

The doctor attended Brown Medical School from 1981 through 1983, studying the basic sciences. After completing his education and establishing his career, he decided to volunteer his time for the university through the Brown Alumni Schools Committees, starting about 15 years ago.

Brown Alumni Association

He has acted as an area chair for the committee. From 2001 to 2004, he served as a regional coordinator (Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska) for the committee and he is currently in charge of the Brown Alumni Club for Nebraska.

As a member of the Brown Alumni Schools Committees, the doctor commits himself to this as a minimum: to interview three potential students, locally, per year.

Joel Schlessinger has gone well beyond the minimum requirements in his commitment as an interviewer for Brown University.

He has interviewed approximately 500 students for Brown University so far, giving these students a chance to talk to someone in depth about the undergraduate programs at the university.

As a regional director, he has overseen the committee operations for his area and has served as a leader to all of the area chairs in his region. He was also responsible for recruiting new leaders in his region; serving on the executive committee; and acting as the liaison between his area chairs and the executive committee.

The Schessinger family continues their personal commitment to the university, as their daughter Claire now attends there.

About Brown University:

Founded in 1764, this is the seventh-oldest college in the United States, an independent, coeducational Ivy League university with undergraduate and graduate programming. Its students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Undergraduate degrees are available in more than 70 areas, and graduate students study in more than 70 programs. The 2010 Princeton Review named Brown University as the #1 College in America for Happiest Students.

Joel Schlessinger donates makeup products to women living in shelters.

Joel Schlessinger donates makeup to women living in shelters

In the United States, one in every four women (25%) experiences domestic violence. The reality is that up to 6 million women are victims every single year.

Through no fault of their own, they can find themselves in a shelter with or without their family and out of a job temporarily or permanently while they regain their lives.

Entering a shelter, though, is really just step one to a new life. Joel Schlessinger went beyond that, though. He identified a need – that these women needed to regain their confidence and ability to search for a job – and then he helped, by providing the most simple makeup supplies. Testers, samples and full sized makeup products have been donated on multiple occasions to shelters by Joel Schlessinger via his website, LovelySkin.com.

Additionally, each and every food event that is held for the staff has one condition for the caterers: Any excess food MUST be taken to a shelter that day for the women and families.

Women in shelters often need to find new jobs, and it’s important to look professional when interviewing for work.

The doctor donates makeup to women’s shelters so that its residents can look professional and regain their self-confidence when it is so important they have a good feeling about themselves as they reenter the work force. Then, once they get a new job, these women need to continue to take care of their appearance – and, once again, donation of high quality makeup products plays a key role. The doctor also donates makeup to women recovering from addictions.

This is all part of the community service and ethic of LovelySkin and Joel Schlessinger. Giving back to the community and helping women to regain their lives is one of the many ways LovelySkin and Joel Schlessinger contribute.

For more information about Joel Schlessinger and his community volunteering, see his LinkedIn profile.

Joel Schlessinger dedicates his time to enrich the cultural education of Omaha youth through Film Streams.

Film Streams
Film Streams is a nonprofit organization that enhances the learning environment of students of the Omaha-Council Bluffs region through film. In July 2007, Film Streams opened the Ruth Sokolof Theater, where:

  • First run films appear on one of the two screens, including independent American films, foreign films and documentaries
  • Repertory selections are presented, including classic films and themed film series
  • Arts in education programming is offered, which involves film interpretation instruction for youth, where participants discuss how a film is relevant for their lives
  • Community development programming is also offered, where lectures, forums and question and answer sessions with film professionals are made available

Joel Schlessinger has been an ardent supporter of Film Streams, as he not only feels this is an important form of art, but believes that themes in movies can bring people together and change attitudes for the improvement of society. This theater has been written up in the New York Times for its cutting edge and societal-changing theme.

Joel Schlessinger states, “I was so happy to hear that this project was a ‘go’ when the director, Rachel Jacobson, called me and gave me the news that I immediately committed to be a founding member. Since that time, I have been fortunate to be on the board and support its activities. This year, we have had films on subjects ranging from arts documentaries to life in Iran to Academy Awards films.”

Joel Schlessinger serves on the Film Streams advisory board – and his wife, Nancy, volunteers on the education committee.

“When we do outreach with schools,” the doctor said, “the films focus on very important topics, including autism, being raised in a broken family and other subjects that educate high schoolers. After the film is shown, we discuss the film plus the techniques used in film making.”

Support for art education comes from an unlikely place: from Harvard scholars who had previously questioned its value.

In 2000, Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland of Project Zero (an arts-education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education) published a study that stated that arts education did not help students with math. Several years later, though, the same two researchers came up with a complementary conclusion, which was discussed in a New York Times article:

“The researchers found that the visual arts classes did have broad indirect benefits, even if they were not directly related to quantifiable performance in other subjects. ‘Students who study the arts seriously are taught to see better, to envision, to persist, to be playful and learn from mistakes, to make critical judgments and justify such judgments,’ the authors conclude.”

Moreover, Edward Pauly, the director of research and evaluation at the Wallace Foundation added that arts can promote feelings of empathy and tolerance.

“There is no substitute for listening to jazz, seeing ‘Death of a Salesman’ performed, reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ seeing the Vietnam War Memorial,” he said. “Those powerful experiences only come about through the arts.”

One of the films shown to high school students through Film Streams was ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’

For more information about Joel Schlessinger and his community volunteering, see his LinkedIn profile.

Joel Schlessinger, a board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, has been involved in community improvement and charitable projects for decades. This blog serves to archive his valuable contributions as well as encourage others to give.