Our office is actively working with the Provost’s Office to address the impact on faculty and students of community-engaged learning courses being moved to online delivery as precautionary measures of COVID-19. Find more information about our response to the impact of community-engaged courses moving online.
Community-Engaged Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that helps USU students graduate as citizen scholars, and integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
The Center for Community Engagement is here to help you work through difficulties and we ask that you consider the following as you plan for the rest of the semester.
First and foremost, please act with an abundance of caution. Remember, when working with the community, the rule of DO NO HARM. Consider the communities at higher risk such as older adults, people with pre-existing medical conditions, and those who may not have access to health care. Please practice social distancing and encourage your students to do the same.
Contact your community partner(s) as soon as possible to update them on the USU’s announcement and to ask for their perspective. Good communication is important in any campus-community partnership, but it is imperative in this situation. It is possible that your partner may require or request that students temporarily suspend their attendance at their site. Additionally, students may not want to be at the partner location due to concern or anxiety about the virus. Please work with your partner to consider ways that both the partner goals and your CEL learning outcomes can be met under the circumstances. Consider partner opportunities for engagement that may not require in-person attendance (anything that can be done remotely) that meet your CEL learning outcomes.
We are happy to talk with you individually as you consider alternatives to your planned CEL activities. Please reach out to us as needed.
Quotes from Students:
'This experience was the most beneficial assignment I have had so far in my educational experience at USU. It challenged my perspectives about myself and others, and it allowed me to improve my understanding of how simple things can foster a connection between individuals.’ - SW 2400 Student
'I certainly have discovered the importance of strengthening the community through this project. While I learned about research processes, the importance of teamwork, and other technical skills, more importantly I learned to be a concerned member of the community, and to be involved in making changes.' – Honors 3020 Student
"The service-learning project was the single most useful thing I have done since starting school. It was such a contrast to the traditional class and challenged me in ways that I imagine a future job might." -USU Student
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