Putting Service Learning into Action through Community Partnerships
Over the past 18 months, our office and our campus has had an increased focus on Service Learning and complimenting what our students are learning inside the classroom. During this time frame, our leadership team spent time meeting with department chairs to learn more about what experiences would best benefit their students and the departments’ learning goals. We learned about the most common majors, we learned about department-specific clubs, and we learned about gaps in service learning opportunities. A significant gap that we identified was offering opportunities for the students in our Special Education Department.
Eye on ’18: All Politics are Local
While it seems early to many to be thinking already about the 2018 midterm election cycle, Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Cooper v. Harris to overturn the redistricting in two North Carolina districts stands as a reminder of the importance of the gubernatorial races in 2018 and their impact on the political landscape for the next decade or more. This blog by NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will briefly explore the history of redistricting in the US, touch on current conversations around racial and partisan gerrymandering, and set the stage for the importance of the 2018 gubernatorial elections and the 2020 Census in determining the course of our political future through 2032.
Much Obliged: A University’s Commitment to the Community
The University of Baltimore, along with several other Baltimore institutions, signed a pledge to work in partnership with the community to help foster growth in Maryland’s largest city. Recognized as an anchor institution, a hub of employment, research, and learning, the strength of UB’s relationship with local institutions in Baltimore help strengthen Baltimore as a whole. The power UB has to engage and enrich the community comes with great responsibility. Still, a university’s resources are not infinite and creating partnerships with local agencies needs to be mutually beneficial if it is to be productive and sustainable.
Gulf South Summit 2017: “Partner Up! Fostering Just and Inclusive Communities Together.”
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) was honored to host the 2017 Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education (GSS), held March 22nd– 24th at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown in Greensboro, North Carolina. This year’s summit was coordinated by a local planning team, led by the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning at UNCG. The three-day event drew more than 350 passionate educators, practitioners, and students from 23 states, and 90 institutions.
Right to the City - Curtis Bay: Community Engagement through a Mobile App Exploratory Session by Bus
Anthropology students and faculty at Towson University along with the United Workers-Free Your Voice have been working on a participatory action research project with high-school students in environmental science classes to qualitatively study the environmental hazards in South Baltimore. Curtis Bay, Maryland is located in the southern portion of the City of Baltimore, Maryland. The neighborhood is located in a highly industrialized waterfront area in the southern part of the city and receives its name from the body (cove) of water to the east in which it sits. The area has had a toxic history.
The deadline to book hotel rooms for the #CLDE17 is Tuesday, May 6
If you have already booked rooms at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, thank you for supporting #CLDE17 with your accommodations. By filling the hotel block, we can provide meeting space and conference amenities without needing to increase the meeting rate, and fulfilling that obligation helps us offset some of the costs of organizing and holding this annual meeting. Furthermore, filling our room block consistently helps us secure favorable contracts for future meetings.