Maintaining Motivation through the Muck and Mire of the Small College Ecosystem
Navigating through the politics and the interpersonal relationships can be hard when working at an SCU. How do we move past to support our students in the best way possible.
Food for Thought: Translating Social Consciousness into Civic Engagement
While millennials are very much interested in progressive social change, research suggests they aren’t utilizing conventional politics as a vehicle to drive that change. In 2008, approximately 59% of people between the ages of 18 and 24 were registered to vote and 49% actually voted1. Compare that to people between the ages of 45 and 54, 74% of which were registered and 67% of which actually voted (1). Millennials are quickly becoming the largest American electorate yet they are less likely to vote in comparison to older generations (2). Instead, this generation block has practiced more social methods of change rather than civic.
Widen the Lens: Are We Seeing Our True Campus Impact?
As college and university administrators in charge of civic and community engagement, we sometimes tend to focus on the work, programs and outcomes specific to our own offices or departments. And why not? Our programs have an obvious and direct focus on civic work. We have spent countless hours crafting programs with intentional and deliberate civic impacts. We are the ones who are charged by our institutions to initiate quality efforts in civic engagement. We are also the ones filling out the certifications, applications, and utilizing our stories as examples of how our institutions participate in civic work. However, everyone once in a while, if we take a step back and view our institutions as a whole, we have the ability to see new opportunities for campus civic engagement and, more importantly, high impact practices that are already taking place that, somehow, we have missed. All we have to do wise widen the lens.
Counting Down the Hours
If you are anything like me, you have had June 15th circled in your calendar for the past two months. This year marks my inaugural journey into the vast world that is the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Established by the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2006, the recognition “highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems.” (www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/honor-roll). Items such as percentage of students participating in service, number of hours completed and population served are all considered.
Engaging Others through Doing
How do you engage others in the work that you are doing? How do you work to connect others to opportunities for impact? What connects your students to their local, national, and global communities? There are many answers to these questions, but one that resonates with each of us, is the work that we do within our profession, and most importantly, in our own time.
Update from the Regional Director
A short update on happenings in the Region from Kathy Woughter, Regional Director for Region II.