Come hear AU faculty, students, and community partners share about their experiences with community-based learning.
11:15-12:15, Morning Session
Crossing Borders: Deepening Global Understanding through CBL with the Latino Community
Marcy Campos, Director, Center for Community Engagement & Service; Rachel Gittiger, CARECEN; Jimmy Hoover, Student; Jenn Johnson, Student
Nonprofit staff, students, and faculty will offer their perspectives on the challenges and benefits of community-based learning, drawing from an interdisciplinary course focused on the DC area’s Latino community. Examples and reflection related to involvement with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) and Next Step Public Charter School will demonstrate how students can deepen their understanding of issues like the high school dropout rate and immigration, while building global and cultural competencies.
Community Service-Learning Program: Experiences with CLASE and the Peer Health Exchange
Vanessa Moyonero, Student; Kathy Kim, Student and CLASE Co-Chair
Come learn about the Community Service-Learning Program, an add-on credit option that can be earned through a SIS, CAS, Kogod, or SPA course by completing 40 hours of service-learning with a partnering organization and a culminating project. Then learn from AU-based organization, CLASE which works to connect AU students with Aramark workers for language exchange and citizenship preparation.
A Tale of Two Cities: HIV/AIDS at Home and Abroad
Bette Dickerson, Professor (Department of Sociology); Daniel Marks, Student; Harrison Tarter, Student
American University's community-based learning program to Cape Town, South Africa engages with communities affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and teaches students how cross-culturally communicate. Through sociologist Dr. Bette Dickerson, students spread non-profit Grandmother's Against Poverty & AIDS’ message to D.C. communities as a central part of post trip activism. By focusing on post trip activism, students use their international perspectives to advocate for HIV/AIDS issues that affect people in Washington, D.C.
Whose Downtown? Thinking about the Future of the CCNV Shelter by Exploring its Past
Daniel Kerr, Professor; Claire Davis, Graduate MA Student (SIS); Anna Kaplan, Graduate PhD Student (History); Beth Geglia, Graduate PhD Student (Anthropology)
In the spring of 2013 students in AU’s Local and Community History course collaborated with members of Shelter Housing and Respectful Change (SHARC) – an organized group of homeless activists. SHARC members and the students met regularly at the downtown branch of the D.C. public library to conduct research, discuss findings, and develop themes that shaped the development of a web site Whose Downtown? Development, Resistance, and the Future of the CCNV Shelter in Washington, DC.
1:30-2:30, Afternoon Session
Bridging the Social Divide
Nina Shapiro-Perl, Filmmaker in Residence
This presentation looks at the opportunities and challenges for students and faculty to cross the social, economic and geographic divides that separate AU from Greater Washington--especially the poorer communities and neighborhoods in our midst. By screening one or two examples of the more than 30 films and 30 digital stories that students have made for community organizations in Washington-- through the Community Voice Project (www.american.edu/soc/community voice), we'll take a hard but hopeful look at the challenges and rewards that are possible when bridging the social divide.
Class Beyond Grade
Sarah Menke-Fish, Professor; Angela Pinaglia, Adjunct Professor; Joanna Sobieski, Student and Program Associate; Meriem Khadraoui, Student; Alex Kreinces, Student; Clay Parker, Student
What happens when first year students are asked to apply the knowledge they are learning beyond the classroom and what is the lasting impact? Experiences, challenges and logistics will be discussed from the student, teaching assistant, client and professor perspectives.
CBL in Action: Connecting Theory and Practice
Amanda Choutka, Professor; Ana Perret-Gentil, Student; Yasara Perera, Student
Community-Based Learning is growing in popularity at AU, but what does it look like in reality for students and teachers? Two students and a College Writing Professor share their experiences of taking and planning a CBL course. The students will share the service project they researched, created, and implemented for their community partner, D.C. Reads.
Leaving a Legacy: How a PR Class Continues to Help the Community after Graduation
Gemma Puglisi, Professor; Alex Ramdin, Alumna
Hear how students in a public relations course leave a lasting impact on the community through their semester-long campaigns. Professor Puglisi and student Alex Ramdin will discuss the incredible success of the "Food for Others" campaign and continued work with Nepali by TDM Designs
These panels will demonstrate the diversity of community-based learning teaching styles and assignments.