SRVCLRNG 293 & 393

Student Bridges Community Service Learning Course: “Learning Through Community Engagement”
Fall 2017 & Spring 2018

4 credits per semester and covers Gen Ed’s: SB (Social & Behavioral and U.S. Diversity).Tutoring/Mentoring students are taken place in but not limited to Amherst or Springfield with Transportation provided.

Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00 PM – 7:30PM: Plus participation in a community service learning team and day-long orientations to the cities of Holyoke and Springfield (dates are to be determined).

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 they will work with students from Amherst, Holyoke and Springfield programs or schools-twice a week.

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, Holyoke and Springfield schools, as well as other community-based organizations. Through involvement in this course, students will serve as  tutor-mentors to 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).

Transportation is provided. Note that unless special arrangements are made, you must commit to this course for both the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters.