Throughout the nation, higher education institutions have the opportunity to engage with their local communities to make a difference. The campus and community climate is an avenue in which university faculty, staff, community leaders, and students can promote loyal citizenship. Creating a relationship with a counties communities cannot be overlooked as we prepare to create a better atmosphere for everyone. Both campus and community offer resources that can benefit one another, but more importantly grow. We hope to achieve a stronger campus and community by engaging in a strategic plan to address various avenues of potential growth in both sectors.
Faculty Administration /Staff/Faculty Students Alumni Community members Community leaders
Campus/Community Coalition Coalition Task Force Groups Guiding principles Mission Rationalize each
Student involvement can vary in many forms. Promote community service in student organizations provides students to work as a team as they make a difference. Encourage students groups to showcase their civic contributions. Challenge and support students in creating change in their environment. Reflect on the service that they provide.
Each subgroup of stakeholders are at different levels of development. We hope to support and challenge all of the stakeholders by collaborating in service learning opportunities.
Research done by Dugan and Komives (2007) at the national level provide important considerations for why leadership in college matters.
Promote community service: Contact Community Service office Establish voluntary interest groups Ex: teen reach; Community clean-up; beautify community establishments and neighborhood ; landscape/paint; establish and localize recycling bins around the area Establish programming around responsible citizenship Campaign the importance good neighbor values Distribute buttons and have end-of-year recognition
Empowering faculty and administrators to model and integrate reflective pedagogies in order to increase civic responsibility. Challenge faculty to motivate students to achieve maximum learning by integrating what they are doing outside the classroom into the classroom.
Universitys commitment to teach and serve the needs of the society. Goal: To promote mutual understanding to promote a climate of justice and respect to all citizens Cherish the diversity and take pride in individuals differences
Outreach to police chief and officers Highlight faculty members who live within the community and promote service leadership Invite Business leaders to campus Business expo and invite leaders into classroom to discuss their roles and network General community members: establish low cost events to encourage social events with students Community Nights- Dinner and a Movie; Craft night; Carnival night; Family Weekend
Action: Organize a community and university cabinet where they meet monthly and participate in annual meetings with Student Government
Coordinate and improve service learning initiatives Strengthen strategic partnerships across campus and between the university and local businesses, schools, organizations, and government offices. Partner with the County and nearby cities to attract businesses, restaurants, cultural events, and other resources to the area.
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