Community Engagement Network Informational Session

The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement will host informational events once a month throughout the Spring 2014 semester for the Community Engagement Network (CEN).

CEN is a free web-based tool that will help connect the St. Thomas community with opportunities to volunteer at local organizations. It matches UST students, faculty and staff with the various needs and interests of community organizations for mutually beneficial experiences. Students are able to use CEN to record and track the hours they invest in service.

The events will be held at Campus Way in the Anderson Student Center from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement encourages everyone to stop by for free Gatorade and giveaways, and an opportunity to learn more about this new resource. Those who are unable to attend can learn more about the network on the CEN website.

Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement Workshops

Asset-based Approaches to Service-Learning  - Thursday, March 20 from 3:30-5:30 PM in Anderson Student Center, room 236

Service-learning is often described as a pedagogy designed to meet real community needs.  Yet focusing on engaging the assets of both campus and community members yields more powerful learning, reciprocal partnerships, and positive change.  All faculty, whether new to or experienced with service-learning, thinking about new or existing service-learning courses or community-engaged scholarship, are welcome at this interactive workshop.  After discussing the principles of asset-based community development that can inform service-learning,  as well as related research and models, participants will start identifying their own assets (talents, passions, relationships, skills, resources, etc.) and ways they might apply those assets—and recognize and build on others’ assets—in order to advance their service-learning goals. 


Publishing Engaged Scholarship  - Thursday, April 24 from 3:30-5:30 PM in Anderson Student Center, room 234

This workshop will highlight multiple types of publications, including research on the results of service-learning, and scholarly products that can emerge from community-based participatory research or other forms of community engagement. All faculty and staff, whether new to or experienced with service-learning and/or community-engaged scholarship, are welcome at this interactive session. We'll discuss reasons to publish engaged scholarship, possible publication outlets, and relevant resources, as well as participants' ideas and questions.

Companion Now Available

Spring Companion 2014 is now ready to read!  Please feel free to browse our archives for previous editions of the Companion newsletter.