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SOC* 100: Community Engagement
This course provides students with an enhanced understanding of the local community and the diversity of groups within the community. Students are required to perform structured community service throughout the semester and to reflect and engage with other students on the meaning of diversity and community. Through readings, critical reflection, group discussions and interactions, and volunteer service, students will learn community leadership and civic engagement and discuss how communities might bridge differences among people. This course will require 1-3 hours of community service per week (or the equivalent). NOTE: This is a Pass/Fail course. All Students completing the course will receive either a grade of Pass (P) or Fail (F) on their transcript. See the instructor for more specific information.
Community Based Needs Assessment
PowerPoint Presentation Due April 16th
As citizens and servant leaders, we have a responsibility to understand and engage in social issues in our communities. One of the foundational components of becoming an advocate/active citizen is to learn and understand a social issue in-depth and how it is impacting the community. This project will encourage you to look at a community issue through research and analysis of research and data and a needs assessment.
Further, you have the option to interview people in your community who are actively involved in this issue. Examples of community issues can be related to homelessness, juvenile delinquency, education, health disparities, hunger on campus, or issues focused on a specific population as it relates to poverty.
Utilize the Packet on Community Organizing, and the language of Social Change Model 7C's
Everyone does this last part separately:
Write a reflection about your experience working on this project, working with your group and what you took away. Some items you might which to include 1) your feelings about the issue before and after conducting the research 2) your observations about how "active citizenship" is or isn't being carried out by community members and/or yourself in relation to the issue, 3) a reflection of what you learned about yourself and others as a result of this project, and 4) how this project applies to your future work as a engaged community member.