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1 From Hot Topic to Hothouse Creating the Environment for Growth and Institutionalization of Community Engagement

2 Roger Williams University KC Ferrara, Director, Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement Arnold Robinson, Director, Community Partnerships Center Stephany Hessler, Program Coordinator, Community Partnerships Center

3 What do you want to leave this session with today?

4 History 1990 RWU establishes the Volunteer Center 1994 RWU starts day of service program 1998 RWU establishes the Feinstein Service Learning Program. 149 hours of service are recorded at the University Commitment to Community Service is added to the Core Values of the University. First full time community service director is hired. 6,600 hours of service are recorded at the University Community Connections launches. Service Learning Courses begin to appear on campus. 23,000 hours of service are recorded at the University RWU is named to the President's National Honor Roll for Community Service for the first time.

5 Ex 2 Growth 2009 First international Alternative Spring Break programs offered outside of Student Affairs Alternative Spring Break expands to include 4 international and domestic trips. 52,000 hours of service are recorded at the University The Community Partnerships Center launches at RWU to focus on project based service learning First convening of community engagement stakeholders on campus RWU creates the Division of University Outreach and Engagement – bringing all external facing organizations together at the cabinet level. 65,000 hours of service are recorded at the University First community engaged course inventory conducted. RWU creates a campus wide Community Engagement Task Force.

6 Results from Growth From this growth, we see the G.B.U… Cultural competencies of students and faculty Managing personal/professional investment Modeling communication, collaboration & coordination Convening stakeholders - schedules, programs, libraries, contacts, shared databases Identifying shared definitions – how can we built “it” if we can’t agree on what “it” is? Messaging to students and faculty Managing PR vs. Student Learning Outcomes. Educating community partners and managing entry points Having those difficult conversations with faculty, students, or community partners Are we doing this because it’s good for the community or because it’s good for the students? What resources are available to provide for the growth of these programs on campus? Who pays for it? Community Service is not free! Be careful what you wish for!

7 Now it’s your turn to share… *Please sit with attendees you do NOT work with* 1.Inventory your campus’ particular strengths for institutionalizing civic engagement. 2.Consider possible gaps and obstacles that prevent this progress. 3.Identify at least one actionable step that you can take upon return to your campus. Who are the potential allies in taking that step?

8 Now it’s your turn to share… What were the common themes among your groups? What are your actionable steps? Who are your allies?

9 We’re here if you need us! KC Ferrara, Director, Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement | Arnold Robinson, Director, Community Partnerships Center | Stephany Hessler, Program Coordinator, Community Partnerships Center |


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