Student Bridges Community Service Learning Course: “Learning through Community Engagement”
Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
4 credits per semester.Covers Gen Ed’s: SB (Social & Behavioral) & ( US Diversity).Tutoring/Mentoring students in Amherst or Springfield with Transportation provided.
Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30 PM – 8:00PM: 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).
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:
This community service-learning course is sponsored by Student Bridges ( SB) a student-initiated, student-run outreach program that connects UMass/Amherst students with younger students in Amherst and Springfield schools, as well as other community-based organizations.
Through your involvement in this course you will serve as a tutor/mentor, provide academic support, and college-positive activities.
This course is the first of two classes in a year long sequence that makes up the Student Bridges community service learning experience. This course fulfills UMass General Education requirements in the following areas: U.S Diversity (U) and Social & Behavioral sciences (BS).
Cross-class project with CESL 15%
You will be collaborating with students from CESL’s “The Good Society” to develop a multimedia project on a current media event pertaining to education.
- 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 – 12:45pm: Tutor-mentor middle school students at Peck School to support their academic preparation and success. (Holyoke)
- Team IV: Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:30- 6:30pm: Tutor-mentor middle school students at the CHOICES-STEP after school program. (Holyoke)
- Team V: Tuesdays & 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 2015 and the spring 2016 semesters.