During this pandemic, University and The Shriver Center’s operations and best practices continue to emerge and transform. The high-impact practice of Service-Learning & Community Engagement (SLCE) creates the opportunity to fight dual pandemics; COVID-19 and the systemic racism crisis to continue to sustain university and community connections. It is through a maximum flexibility standpoint to serve community needs and continue to facilitate teaching and learning opportunities for faculty and students, working together is critical in these challenging times.
Throughout the summer, we have communicating with our partners (both returning and new) to explore how we can most safely return to daily face-to-face operations from remote and/or a digital delivery of service. Some partners may choose to continue to host virtual and/or asynchronous engagement, as face-to-face support is too challenging to accommodate. We also recognize that UMBC students engaged in service-learning through The Shriver Center may also have different comfort levels and preferences for how they serve. We will continue to update this page as more information is available.
- Most sites happen off campus: some are walkable, some can be accessed via UMBC Transit (free), and many are facilitated by a Shriver Center Student Coordinator who will drive the group using a Shriver Center van. There are just a few sites that are on campus (Retriever Essentials & Student Ambassadors). Students can also use their own vehicles. Each site is different. Again, please review the Fall 2021 Service Opportunities Chart.
- Transit Tips When Exiting The Bus, created by UMBC’s Transit
- UMBC Transit 4 – YouTube (uploaded June 12, 2017)
- Local schools (Arbutus Middle School, Relay Elementary School, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School)
- Other institutions of higher education (UMB CURE Scholars Program)
- UMBC/Shriver Center collaborations with partnering schools (the Sherman Center for Early Learning in Urban Communities’ Early Literacy Program with Bay Brook Elementary/Middle School and Curtis Bay Elementary/Middle School; the Sherman STEM Scholars with Lakeland Elementary/Middle School)
- Non-profits (Esperanza Center; Reading Partners, which is connected to a number of schools throughout Baltimore, Great Kids Farm, BARCS)
To get involved:
After reviewing the syllabus and the service chart, you can connect with staff the following ways:
- Staff have physically returned to The Shriver Center, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (EST). You can still reach out to our Virtual Lobby and connect virtually with a Shriver Center staff, Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5pm. https://umbc.webex.com/meet/shrivercenter,
2. Visit our staff’s appointment calendars to see if something matches your schedule; if not, email staff directly. Meetings can be held virtually or in-person at The Shriver Center. That preference can be determined upon scheduling your appointment.
Eloise Grose: 4H@PAL, BUGSS, Chemistry Tutorial Center,Choice College Night, Choice at Ben Franklin High School, College Gardens, Esperanza Center, Hillcrest Elementary School, Homework Hounds at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School, IHU/TRS Peers, OrchKids, RYP, Lakeland Math Coaches, Latino Racial Justice Circle, Global Brigades, Alternative School Break, Frederick Rescue Mission, Long Reach High School-Adult ESOL, St. Agnes Hospital, Supplemental Instructors, The Children’s Home, Thread, UMBC Reach Together, UMBC VITA, Walden Circle
Emily Passera: Art With A Heart, Arbutus Achievers, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Creative Coders, Lakeland Higher Achievement Center, Relay Elementary School, Shriver Living Learning Community, UMB CURE Scholars
Kasey Venn: BARCS, B’more Clubhouse, Baltimore ToolBank, Best Buddies, Great Kids Farm, IQRAA Institute, MS Aquatics, Paul’s Place Hot Lunch, Paul’s Place After-school Mentoring (George Washington Elementary School), Reading Partners, Retriever Essentials, RICA, Soccer Without Borders, Special Olympics MD, SWES, Walking Discovery, U.S. Dream Academy
Lori Hardesty: Sherman Early Literacy Fellows at Bay Brook and Curtis Bay EMS, Student Ambassadors, France-Merrick Scholarship Program, Shriver Living Learning Community
Interested in taking a community engagement course, SOCY 396 in Fall 2021?
This course is offered in the Fall semester and is taught by Shriver Center Director Michele Wolff. This Fall, class will meet virtually, beginning mid-September, Mondays 1-1:50 pm. It is offered for up to 3 credits, and is pass/fail. For those with a course conflict, Mondays 1-1:50pm, there is an option for an independent study. For SOCY 396, 096 Prac Community Service & Learning is a co-requisite! The 096 Prac placement must first be established before permission for SOCY 396 will be given. When the Fall 2021 syllabus is available, we’ll post it below.
Applied learning experiences are meaningful to all stakeholders. In early 2020, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching designated UMBC with its distinguished Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Carnegie defines Community Engagement “by essential elements that inform identities, relationships, processes, and outcomes with external partners.” Key elements are reciprocity and mutuality/mutual benefit.
An increasing number of courses include community engagement to create meaningful experiences for students, faculty, and the broader community. If you are considering including 096 Practicum as an expectation and/or option for your Winter or Spring 2022 courses, please be in touch with Assistant Director Eloise Grose at email@example.com as soon as possible to ensure that expectations are clear for your students to be successful in their community engagement. For Winter or Spring 2022 courses, we hope to make new faculty connections by early January 2022. If not, SLCE staff are happy to explore future collaboration in Summer 2022 or Fall 2022.
For potential new SLCE Partnerships:
SLCE’s Vision is in alignment with UMBC’s Vision to redefine “excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds.”
In early 2020, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching designated UMBC with its distinguished Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Carnegie defines Community Engagement “by essential elements that inform identities, relationships, processes, and outcomes with external partners.” Key elements are reciprocity and mutuality/mutual benefit. Community voice was essential for Our Partnership Values, Principles, & Practices.
Diversity of partnerships supports the following student learning objectives for UMBC students:
- Increase awareness of community assets and needs
- Enhance sense of social responsibility
- Increase ability to critically self-reflect and learn from experience
- Increase self-confidence and self-awareness
- Develop leadership skills
- Increase intercultural awareness and perspective-taking
- Strengthen interpersonal communication and collaboration
- Enhance clarity of educational and career goals.
If you are interested in partnering with the SLCE team this semester, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or Emily Passera firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests received beyond August 2021 will be considered for Winter/Spring 2022.