We’re thrilled to unveil the latest issue of the eJournal of Public Affairs, a collaboration between Missouri State University and AASCU’s American Democracy Project. This issue features content from the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting in Baltimore, Md. organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA’s LEAD Initiative.
Issue 7.1 of the eJournal of Public Affairs is what we’re reading!
By Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project, AASCU; Stephanie King, Assistant Director for Civic Engagement, Knowledge Community, and Social Justice Initiatives, NASPA; and Verdis Robinson National Director, The Democracy Commitment
By Danielle L. Lake, Grand Valley State University
This essay builds upon the current movement around publicly engaged scholarship, seeking to illuminate its challenges, risks, and rewards through a…
By Adrienne McNally, New York Institute of Technology
International students are often overlooked in the typical civic engagement activities of colleges and universities. However, including international students in such…
By Brett Zollinger, Fort Hays State University; Shala Mills, State University of New York at New Paltz; Emily Brandt and Wendy Rohleder-Sook Fort Hays State University Recognition of food…
By Nancy Thomas, Tufts University
The debate over free speech and inclusion in higher education is not new, but it has reached new levels of vitriol and confusion as…
By Stephanie Malinenko, Justine Tutuska, and Lynn Matthews, Daemen College
Written reflection is a tool commonly used by faculty to assess student learning in service-learning courses, which are frequently…
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is proud to share a new open-access Introduction to Community Engagement course curriculum. The curriculum materials are free to use at your own college or university — please share widely with your education colleagues. The curriculum materials are licensed under a Creative Commons-NonCommercial license.
This 15-week curriculum was originally developed by the VCU Division of Community Engagement for the VCU Honors College to be offered to first-year undergraduates as a 1-credit required course.
The online materials include:
VCU hopes you will find this community engagement course curriculum useful in your own context. You can view student and faculty testimonials about the course here.
Note: The full and direct URL for the curriculum is https://rampages.us/intro-to-community-engagement/
Mural near Coppin State University campus
On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, ADP National Manager Jennifer Domagal-Goldman and ADP Intern Cameron Lee visited Coppin State University (Md.), ADP’s newest member campus, to give a presentation about civic engagement and learning outcomes during the institution’s Professional Development Week. They were greeted with a very warm welcome and met many incredible faculty who gave them some insight into Coppin’s future plans in civic and community engagement work.
The theme of the day’s activities was “Connecting General Education Outcomes to Civic Engagement and Responsive Citizenship” and the ADP presentation on Engaged Citizenship was moderated by Claudia Nelson, an assistant professor of Criminal Justice and Applied Social and Political Sciences and the faculty member who extended the invitation for ADP to visit Coppin.
After making their presentation and fielding some stimulating questions, the ADP representatives got the chance to listen to Dr. John Hudgins, Associate Professor of Sociology, give a talk about the Oasis Center initiative, which will hopefully link Coppin students in need to the resources they may have trouble accessing otherwise. Dr. Hudgins’ session was engaging, extremely informative, and thought-provoking, and the ADP representatives look forward to seeing Dr. Hudgins’ work with Oasis in the future.
Before the ADP representatives left Coppin after a brilliant morning of learning and sharing ideas and knowledge, they stopped in front of a Coppin State University sign and took a picture to commemorate the experience! Thank you very much Coppin State University for being such gracious guests. ADP looks forward to continuing and advancing our relationship in the future.
Apply by September 15th for your campus team to participate in our Nov.3&4 Engaged Campus Institute!
Students interested in solving the global problem of marine plastics can now submit ideas to a new competition organized by UN Environment and Think Beyond Plastic: the 2017 Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge.
Marine plastic is an economic, environmental, human health and aesthetic problem posing a multi-dimensional challenge to humanity, often compared to climate change in terms of impact, breadth, and complexity. In order to accelerate the search for solutions, UN Environment and Think Beyond Plastic are launching this challenge to engage university students and faculty in a solutions-oriented effort to help solve the global marine litter problem.
Deadline for entries is 6 October 2017. To participate, students need to be enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate program as of June 2017, be supported by a faculty member, and submit an entry in one or more of the following categories:
- Engineering and Design: including innovations in materials, manufacturing processes, packaging design and related fields that result in a measurable reduction in marine plastic.
- Communication: including multimedia products, mobile apps, and innovative storytelling that raise awareness and inspire public action against marine plastics.
- Economics: including innovative methodologies to assess the economic impact of plastic pollution and/or develop new financial and business models to address market failures.
- Prediction and Recovery: including the development of analytical tools (algorithms, models, hotspot identification) to better capture and monitor data about plastic pollution and propose solutions.
The entries are judged on strength of innovation, impact on marine plastics, scale and feasibility, capacity to execute and completeness by a distinguished panel of experts in plastic pollution, economics, science, technology, entrepreneurship, communication and visual arts. One winner in each category will be announced at the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego, California, (March 12-16, 2018) . Winners will have the chance to present their ideas at the conference and gain entry into the Think Beyond Plastic annual acceleration program.
For more information on judging criteria, or to enter the Innovation Challenge, visit: