The Office for Service-Learning recognizes and thanks faculty members who taught courses using service-learning during 2010-11. Thirty-two faculty members in 17 disciplines incorporated service-learning into 61 sections of 41 courses involving 1,228 students in partnership with a variety of community organizations.
St. Thomas faculty used service-learning pedagogies to engage their students in the lived experience of academic concepts, contextualizing learning and expanding the walls of their classrooms to encompass Twin Cities schools, programs with immigrants, seniors, single mothers and their children, social service organizations, mental health facilities, legal clinics, environmental organizations, and individuals and organizations working to transform conflicts or address problems locally and around the world.
Special congratulations to Nekima Levy-Pounds, associate professor, School of Law, who received the Faculty Service-Learning Award this year for her outstanding work as creator and director of the Law School’s Community Justice Project (CJP) of the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services, which provides counseling and legal clinics for underserved individuals and communities.
The Community Justice Project works with community stakeholders to address problems in distressed communities such as racial disparities in the criminal justice system, police brutality, and racial disparities in the educational and juvenile justice systems for at-risk youth.
Together, the CJP and the St. Paul NAACP have engaged law students, local youth and community members to write reports that led to the retraining of city prosecutors and legislative changes regarding Minnesota’s databases on gangs and the creation of a restorative justice program.
Levy-Pounds has worked for juvenile justice reform in Hennepin County, mobilizing community leaders and testifying with her students at the state Legislature. She also worked to establish Brotherhood Inc., a partnership between the CJP and the NAACP to create a program that works with African-American youth and young men who have been involved, or are at risk of being involved, in the justice system. Brotherhood Inc. provides comprehensive, culturally sensitive social services and educational opportunities, as well as on-site employment, and helps participants envision and achieve successful futures.
Faculty members who incorporated service-learning into their courses in 2010-2011 include:
For more information about course-based service-learning, please contact Barb Baker, Service-Learning Program Manager, (651) 962-5380.