Creating Change and Voting Behavior: Does One Equal the Other?
How do you get biology students to engage in understanding current issues and creating change?
A New Civic Ecotone: The Campus Community Summit
It is also the kind of question that urges us to use our imaginations and cultivate a vision for the future where gender is not a barrier to economic security. These kinds of questions, ones that ask us to reimagine our communities as vibrant spaces where equality, health, and social justice are deeply rooted, need to be the questions of higher education today, but we cannot ask them in isolation. We need to create what I have called a civic ecotone, an “intermediary place where participants dismantle the boundaries between community and campus to create a highly interactive environment for civic engagement and a renewed sense of collective responsibility”
“Being With” is More Transformative than “Doing For”
Traditionally, service trips are filled with a variety of tasks that intend to give back to the community: serving meals, organizing donated clothes, gardening, painting, and other jobs. While we did engage in some of these tasks while working with Restoration ATL, it was not our purpose for the week. Our main job was simple: we were asked to get to know the residents of the shelter. Rather than serving the residents breakfast and dinner, we ate the same meal alongside them. We asked them how their day was, if they were from Atlanta, and if they had any hobbies. We listened.
Federal Work Study Program Gets a Career Makeover
At Winthrop, Career Development and Civic Engagement operate under the same roof. Our programs are reviewed through both career and civic engagement lenses, and it is this review process that ensures our experiential learning opportunities are designed to support and enhance students’ personal transformation, learning, and job skills.