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The Center for Community Engagement invites all incoming freshmen to the first ever Community Connections course. Enhance your Connections experience by spending two days working alongside community organizations on the frontlines of social justice work in Logan. Applications will be accepted starting May 15th and are due on July 21.


The Community Connections course is for incoming freshmen only. All students who enroll in Community Connections will be enrolled in a special section of USU 1010 to complete during the rest of Connections week.

How to apply?

Incoming Freshmen must apply to participate in this course; only 36 will be selected to participate. Applicants must fill out the online application form in order to be considered for the course. On the application, students will rank three topic areas that will determine the team they're part of for the session. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis and are due by July 21. Selected applicants will be informed via email and given instructions on how to register and pay the course fee.

What will you do?

You will spend two days in Logan, getting to know the soul of the community through hands-on projects with community partner organizations. Experienced staff from the Center for Community Engagement and our community partners will lead you through engagement activities. Projects will address real needs in your new community of Cache Valley. This course is ideal for students coming from out of state, as well as students who’ve spent their whole lives in the valley. Start (or continue) your journey of becoming an effective changemaker who can listen to the real needs of a community. Projects and activities may involve physical labor, walking, hiking, lifting, and being outside in the summer weather. We value the contributions of students of all abilities, so if you have concerns or would like to describe accomodations that would help you participate fully, please include them in the application.


DATES:  August 19-20, 2019

Cost: $50 for transportation, group lunches and service materials

Course check-in time: 9am on Monday, August 19

Course Description:

Students will work in teams on service projects designed with community organizations. They will choose a team to join based on their issue area preferences. Issue areas include Immigration and Refugee Resettlement, Hunger, Community Gardens, & Sustainability, and Disability Rights, Inclusion, and Adaptive Outdoor Recreation. Through reflection and discussion, students will better understand the most pressing issues and challenges in our community and how they can help address these challenges through coursework and community engagement opportunities at USU. Students should block out both Monday and Tuesday from 9am to 9pm in their schedules. Exact itineraries will be sent soon after acceptance to Community Connections.


Please rank the Community Connections topic areas, your first choice to your third choice. You'll be on a team that will focus on this topic for two days.

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