The Service Expo: A time to reflect, network, and grow as a community.
At the time that many of our higher education institutions are getting ready for or are already on Spring Break, Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) departments are planning and finalizing their end of the year events. The weeks after spring break are characterized by making sure our students stay engaged in their programs and making sure they complete a year of learning. With this in mind, reflection sessions become an integral part of the learning process and relationship development for volunteers, student leaders, administrators and community partners. Through reflection, we summarize our collective and individual experiences and explore what lessons we have learned during the academic year. In addition, CLDE departments put a lot of energy into measuring and promoting the outcomes from the academic year.
What’s in a name? The intersection of partnership and piety in a holiday food drive.
Holidays are always a special time, and they tend to be when people feel the strongest desire to engage in the community with some form of volunteer service or donation. However, the holidays also remind us of how fortunate we are, and Coastal Carolina University is no exception. Finding balance between partnership and patronizing can be incredibly difficult, especially given the history and perceptions surrounding civic engagement. In 2013, a senior communications major name Nicole Slatky decided that she wanted to provide Thanksgiving meals for as many people in the area as she could. As a result, CCU Adopts-a-Family was born. The spirit of the program continued into the spring of 2014 with Baskets & Bunnies, geared towards the Easter holiday.
Apply to the Lead Initiative for 2015-2016
NASPA is excited to announce that is now accepting applications for participation in the fourth year of NASPA’s Lead Initiative.
Community Engagement Forums: Breaking the Mold to Encourage Civic Dialogue and Activism
As the role of higher education continues to shift towards educating socially conscience graduates willing to engage in their communities, activism and civic-dialogue are more important than ever. North Dakota State University (NDSU) has a rich history in civic programming and service initiatives. However, in order for the land-grant mission of NDSU to be further actualized, additional programming was needed to not only expose students to pressing social issues that impact their communities, but also equip them to become civic leaders. With this in mind, the goal of civic programming this year was to provide an opportunity for deeper examination of societal issues through dialogue. In order to meet this goal, Community Engagement Forums (CEFs) were developed.