Maximizing Impact through Student Civic Leadership. Dr. Lynn Donahue Service-Learning Initiative – Program Coordinator St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY. The Need for Student Civic Leadership Development in Service-Learning.
Dr. Lynn Donahue
Service-Learning Initiative – Program Coordinator
St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
To close the gap that can exist between the community partner goals of a service-learning project and successful achievement of those goals (meeting community partner needs).
To cultivate students’ professional and leadership skill development so they can better accomplish course learning goals through service-learning and be better prepared for the work force.
To maximize the overall impact of community-based service-learning for all participants.
Working with others towards a common goal.
Creating successful outcomes through a clear-cut “division of labor”.
Empowering self and others through trust and understanding of differences and similarities.
Creating Team Roles
Cultural Comparisons and Communication Competence
Creating Team Roles (In-Class Work)
Your understanding of the Service-Learning Assignment:
Sample Project Management Roles:
Sample Topic Roles:
Professional Standards: Dress professionally, be on time, cultivate respectful relationships, communicate honestly, challenge yourself, be safe, communicate honestly.
Cultural Comparisons and Communication Competence (Take Home Assignment )
(Communication Patterns and Assumptions of Differing Cultural Groups in the United States, Elliott, C.E., 1999)
Creating shared aims and a vision.
Developing a common purpose and goals for meeting community needs.
Using this understanding to facilitate collaboration and trust.
Planning and Preparation
Project Planning and Preparation (In-class Work)
Progress Report (Assignment)
(Adapted from Munger, R. & Gutowski, A., Preparing Future Leaders: Project-Management Strategies for Service-Learning)
Feeling responsibly connected to individuals and a shared purpose so that the work you do will benefit everyone involved.
Service Site and Social Justice Issues Investigation
Final Project Assessment
Service Site and Social Justice Issues Investigation (Assignment)
Final Project Assessment
Read the case study
In what ways are the students already building community? What are the obvious challenges and “red flags”?
What “how to” points should we communicate to these students? (What points from the list provided seem the most helpful – and what others could be added?)
What class assignments or in-class reflections could be used? (How could the sample assignments be applied to this scenario – and what other assignments could you suggest?)
What other strategies could be used to create positive and mutually beneficial outcomes?