Getting Started with PRAC 096
- Please complete this Fall 2023 Student Placement Survey to help us understand your interests and logistical needs.
- To begin service in Fall 2023, please schedule a meeting with a SLCE Staff member, sites and contact information listed below.
- Our 2023 Service Opportunities Chart is an active document, please review for changes periodically.
- Please review the sample Syllabus for PRAC 096.
Connect with us
After reviewing the syllabus and the service chart, you can connect with staff the following ways:
- You can reach out to us by phone, in-person, or via 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. Please review sites below:
Alex Ballard: Sites coming soon!
- Alex’s calendar appointment page or email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Passera: Arbutus Achievers, Creative Coders, Lakeland Higher Achievement Center, Relay Elementary School, Shriver Living Learning Community, Best Buddies, Pink Space Theory, Student Ambassadors
Emily Paul: The Aafiyah Project, Esperanza Center, Latino Racial Justice Circle, IRC, Great Kids Farm, and Soccer Without Boarders
- Email directly at email@example.com
Lori Hardesty: France-Merrick Scholarship Program and the Shriver Living Learning Community
Have PRAC 096 Transportation Questions?
- 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 Service Opportunities Chart.
- Transit Tips When Exiting The Bus, created by UMBC’s Transit
- UMBC Transit 4 – YouTube (uploaded June 12, 2017)
Suggested Partnerships: Opportunities students might be interested in
- 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
- Non-profits (Esperanza Center; Reading Partners, which is connected to a number of schools throughout Baltimore, Great Kids Farm, BARCS)
Interested in taking a community engagement course, SOCY 396 in Fall 2023?
This course is offered in both fall and spring semesters and is taught by Shriver Center Associate Director Lori Hardesty. This Fall, class will meet in-person ONLY, Wednesdays 11-11:50 pm. It is offered for up to 3 credits, and is pass/fail. For those with a course conflict, SOCY 396 will be offered other semesters. 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.
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 The Shriver Center as soon as possible to ensure that expectations are clear for your students to be successful in their community engagement. If as Faculty, you are interested in collaborating on a course, at this stage, let’s begin planning for Fall 2023.
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, Emily Passera firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests received beyond September 2023 will also be considered for Winter 2024 or Spring 2024 semesters.