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"It Takes A Village"

Professor Heather Johnson and her family will be participating in Lehigh’s Residential Fellow Program as a Sayre Park Village Family in Residence. If you are interested in developing your own sense of community more fully, this program is for you! Students living in Sayre will be able to participate with the Johnson-McCormick family in exploring the theme: ‘It Takes a Village!’ This program centers on the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” with the fundamental idea being that we, in community, are responsible for the well-being and potential of each individual. In addition to living in Sayre Building B, and regularly teaching her courses in the classroom located in Sayre Lodge, Professor Johnson and her family will be welcoming students into their lives through daily interaction, Sunday brunches, Friday night “kids’ flicks,” and a discussion series focused on the question “Does It Take a Village?” Heather is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Eckardt Scholars Program. Her husband Braydon is the founder and CEO of Vibe, an Internet technology company. They adopted their twin sons, Kyle and Owen, from Haiti in 2005. Their daughter, Meera, was born in 2008. They keep a popular family blog at, which chronicles their ‘never-a-dull-moment life’ as a progressive, dual-career, inter-racial, adoptive, outdoorsy, travel-loving, foodie, family of five. For questions about their Sayre Park Village Family in Residence program, please email Professor Johnson at
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