Spring & Summer 2024 Service-Learning & Community Engagement

For Summer 2024 students:

Getting Started with PRAC 096 for Summer 2024

    1. Review our Sample Opportunities Chart 
    2. Email our team to learn which partners are hosting students for Summer 2024!
      • Walden Circle and Reach Together Tutoring Program: empaul1@umbc.edu
      • Building STEPS and Transfer Student Initiatives: epassera@umbc.edu
      • MS Aquatics: a87@umbc.edu
    3. To begin service in Summer 2024, please schedule a meeting with a Service-Learning Staff member (support with scheduling is available at The Shriver Center front desk in the Public Policy Building)
    4. Our 2024 Service Opportunities Chart is an active document, please check-back for changes periodically
    5. Please review the sample PRAC 096 Syllabus with a staff member and register for the course before July 11, 2024

 

For Fall 2024 students:

Getting Started with PRAC 096 for Fall 2024

  1. Review our Fall Opportunities Chart (coming soon)
  2. Complete the Placement Survey (coming soon)
  3. Email the team liaison to schedule a meeting about transportation, logistics, on-boarding, and start date (support with scheduling is available at The Shriver Center front desk in the Public Policy Building)
  4. Our 2024 Service Opportunities Chart is an active document, please check-back for changes periodically
  5. Please review the sample PRAC 096 Syllabus with a staff member, obtain course permission, and register for the course before September 11, 2024 (self-enroll deadline) or October 2 (staff-led enroll deadline)
  1. You can reach out to us by phone (410-455-2493) or in-person (First Floor of the Public Policy Building by the elevators) Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5pm.
  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: Soccer Without Borders, CHOICE College Night, UMB CURE, STEM CX, MS Aquatics at the Catonsville Y, Ascension St. Agnes Hospital, University Of Maryland Medical Center, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute
    • Alex’s calendar appointment page or email directly at alexballard@umbc.edu
    • Emily Passera: Arbutus Achievers, Best Buddies, Catonsville Elementary School, Creative Coders, Lakeland Higher Achievement Center, Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School, Relay Elementary School, Shriver Living Learning Community, Sisters Academy, Student Ambassadors with Commodore John Rodgers 
    • Emily’s calendar appointment page or email directly at epassera@umbc.edu
    • Emily Paul:  BARCS, Baltimore Community Toolbank, Esperanza Center, Great Kids Farm, Pauls’ Place, Reading Partners, Retriever Essentials, Walden Circle, VITA,
    • Email directly at empaul1@umbc.edu
  • 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 (Fall 2024 coming soon).
  • 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
  • Non-profits (Esperanza Center; Reading Partners, which is connected to a number of schools throughout Baltimore, Great Kids Farm, BARCS)

 

Arbutus Achievers, Arbutus Middle School, “End of Semester Celebration,” Fall 2019.

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.

 

For Faculty:

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, please contact Alex Ballard a87@umbc.edu. Requests received beyond July 26th 2024 will be considered for Fall 2024 or Spring 2025 semesters.