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Sowing the seeds of a culture of democratic engagement at UNLV
After election day, we celebrated the progress we made in institutionalizing democratic engagement at UNLV while cataloguing the many ways in which we want to continue growing this area of work. We helped our community partners celebrate the incredible depth and breadth of the work they did in organizing young voters across the state of Nevada. Powerful evidence of this has recently emerged: In the 2018 midterms, 37% of young Nevadans ages 18-35 cast a ballot, a 22 point increase from the 2014 midterms. According to CIRCLE, young people made up 19% of the Nevada electorate in the midterms, more than doubling their impact from the 2014 midterms. We are excited for the small part we were able to play in this significant achievement.
Community Service Work-Study Sparks Civic Action
With the emphasis placed on internships as a high impact practice and practical work experience that future employers look for on resumes, community service work-study participation can serve as a way for students to access relevant nonprofit experience, needed funding, and embed these students within new peer, campus, and community networks. Whether community service work-study is a program that your institution is maximizing or under-utilizing, now is the time to see the potential in this resource and map out how you can best leverage it for deeper civic action in 2019-2020.
Creating Civic Action with Students Facing Food Insecurity
According to the CLDE Theory of Change, Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) efforts should be cultivating change on campuses. Through the framework, we transform through civic action by working in a pluralistic society and world, to improve the quality of people’s lives and take risks to achieve a greater public good. Our food pantry is a great example of changing its vision to meet the future of CLDE work on college campuses.
Digital Badges for Community Engagement: What do you Think?
Digital badging (micro-credentials or e-badges) is a new initiative at Utah State University (USU). Digital Badges are defined by the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) as “a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest that can be earned in various learning environments.”
Making New Friends in a New Area as a New SA Professional or Grad Student