SB Service Learning 293 & 393

Student Bridges Community Service Learning Course: “Learning through Community Engagement”

Fall 2014 & Spring 2015
SRVC LRNG 293 – Gen Ed’s: I(Interdisciplinary) & U (US Diversity)
Satisfies both Capstone Requirement & Two course requirements for the Certificate in Civic Engagement and Public Service
4 credits/each semester – space limited so apply now!

Meeting Times: Tuesdays 7 PM – 9 PM: Plus participation in a community service learning team and day-long orientations to the city of Holyoke, in September and February or the city of Springfield (dates are all temporary and could change).

Description

This two-semester course examines how race, class and a variety of historical forces shape students’ access to quality education. We look at issues of racism and inequality in educational systems, and explore how standardized testing, the dismantling of affirmative action, and rising costs have affected college access for many low-income, first-generation, and students of color. In the spring, students apply their understanding to an educational issue of choice to research for and develop a project or initiative. Students are required to participate in a community service learning (CSL) team, where you will work with students from Holyoke or Springfield programs or schools  twice a week during one of the following times:

  •  Team I: Mondays & Wednesdays 9am – 1:15pm (+Additional Events):Tutor-mentor middle school students at Peck School to support their academic preparation and success. (Holyoke)
  • Team II: Mondays & Wednesdays 9am – 1:15pm (+Additional Events): Tutor-mentor middle school students at Peck School to support their academic preparation and success. (Holyoke)
  • Team III: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am to 12:45pm: Tutor-mentor middle school students at Peck School to support their academic preparation and success. (Holyoke)
  • Team IV: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30- 6:30pm: Tutor-mentor middle school students at the CHOICES-STEP after school program. (Holyoke)
  • Team V: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30pm – 6:30 pm: Tutor-mentor middle school students at the CHOICES-STEP after school program. (Holyoke)
  • Team VI: Two afternoons per week/ 2:30 pm -6:30 pm (+Additional Commitments):  Tutor-mentor High School students after school in the Upward Bound Program at Commerce High School. (Springfield)
  • Independent Study / Internship: I am unable to do any of the above teams and/or to attend the Tuesday night class. However, I am interested in arranging an individualized internship through Student Bridges

Transportation is provided. Note that unless special arrangements are made, you must commit to this course for both the fall 2014 and the spring 2015 semesters.

Click  HERE to download the course application.

Once completed, please send to umbridge@stuaf.umass.edu or drop it off at our office in Student Union Room 407. Please email us with any questions or stop by during our office hours!