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Project SERVE: student-run service center

When students work in the community, their leadership potential can shine. Student leaders can be found doing everything: from starting new projects to finding new ways to solve old problems; some student leaders have redefined service on their campus while others spearhead recruitment of hundreds of new participants. At the University of Michigan, student leaders simply do everything. With 280 student leaders coordinating hundreds of community service and community engagement efforts, Project SERVE is one of the largest student-run service centers in the nation. The two staff advisors do, however, confess some level of confusion about their role within the…

Resources for Faculty

The Center for Community Service and Learning offers the following resources: * Consultations with individual faculty, schools, and colleges * Faculty development workshops * Curriculum development grants * Inventory of community-based organizations, and assistance in identifying community placements compatible with course learning objectives * Workshops to prepare students for entering the community * Materials on service-learning research * Training for student facilitators * Publications lending library * Complimentary copies of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning * Searchable data-base for community-based research partners * Pocket guide on community-based research * Pocket guide on service-learning and independent study credit Website:…

Community Development

Course Description This course examines methods of community development for a diverse democracy. It assesses the ways in which people join together, take initiative, and develop community-based programs, with or without assistance by outside agencies. It analyzes core concepts of community development, steps in the process, and perspectives on future practice in a society which values diversity as an asset. The course assumes that community members are active participants and competent citizens who mobilize resources and build upon strengths, rather than problems in society or passive recipients of services. Emphasis is placed on increasing involvement of traditionally underrepresented groups in…

Policies and Services that Enhance Community Participation and Well-Being

Course Description This course will analyze those policies and services that promote or inhibit the development of civil society, enhance or deny human rights, and contribute to the attainment of social justice or sustain the existence of social injustice. Emphasis will be placed on those policies and services which serve to enhance social participation, economic security, respect for diversity, voluntary action, and community and corporate responsibility. The course will also integrate an intensive focus on how policies and services, particularly at the local level, maintain or diminish the existence of oppression and privilege in U.S. society. Programs provided by various…

Housing and Homelessness

Sociology 389: Project Community, Winter 2003 HOUSING and HOMELESSNESS SECTIONS GSI: Jessica Charbeneau Office: 4518 LSA Mailbox: 3009 LSA Office Hours: M & W by appointment Email (best way to reach me): Jcharben@umich.edu Program Assistant: Kim Love Email: klove@umich.edu Welcome to Project Community! Project Community is a unique learning opportunity that pairs sociological theory with community service. In other words, through your involvement in Project Community, you are constantly making the link between your “lived” experiences in the community and the concepts and theories presented in this, and other, courses. This, in a nutshell, is what C. Wright Mills means…

Community Projects in the Arts and Humanities

Email: scobey@umich.edu T, Th 10-11:30 Ostafin Room, West Quad Arts of Citizenship: 232C West Hall This course is an experiment in community-based teaching and learning. On the one hand, it is a practicum for collaborative public projects in the arts and humanities; on the other hand, it is a seminar that explores the significance of culture in community life and the promise and problems of collaboration between universities and communities to create new cultural resources. The Projects Practicum: This section of UC 313 sponsors four projects, all organized by the UM Arts of Citizenship Program. Each of you will work…

Seminar in American Architecture: Landscape, History, and Public Culture

Tuesdays 7-10 PM Class: 2227 AA Email: scobey@umich.edu Office: 3126 AA OVERVIEW: How is history represented or effaced in the built and natural environment? What role do historical narrative and historical awareness play in public culture, so that stories about the past become expressions of present-day values and conflicts? How does social memory inform processes of city-building, and how might it inform landscape design? This seminar explores the links among place-making, historical consciousness, and public culture. It will explore such topics as cultural landscape studies, the relation of place to community identity, the role of historical narrative in public discourse,…

Community Research

Psychology 317/318 American Culture 309.001 Overview of our course: There are two components to this course: one is experientially based and the other is theory based. These two dimensions will be synthesized in the seminar discussions, readings, and assignments. This will require the ability to learn from experience as well as in class activities. The reward of integrating theory and practice is well worth the effort. This seminar component of the course covers research methodologies useful in conducting research on, with and for communities. These include community needs assessment, analysis of census and other statistical information on communities, evaluation of…

Art and Architecture – Integrative Field Experience

Fall/Winter 1999 Mon. and Wed., 1 1/2 hours between 1:30 and 4:30 (to be set in the first weeks of class), and arranged times. Number of credits is most likely 3, but will be determined depending on the number in the class and the work plan. Urban planning students must take 6 credits for this course by the end of the school year. Other students may take the course for 3 credits for one semester with an appropriate work plan and permission of the instructor. Classroom to be arranged, Art and Architecture Bldg. This class will work as a community…