CFICE’s Student Pathways for Community Impact Working Group
Jim Blake, Consultant and Facilitator
Stephen Hill, Associate Director, School of the Environment, Trent University
In Phase I of CFICE, several hubs tested the practice of “embedding” student Research Assistants (RAs) in community organizations. The purpose was to deeply engage students in the work of community partners by having them work with and for community partners. This approach enhanced RAs’ abilities to deliver high-quality community first research and work because the research was shaped to support the goals and needs of the community partner.
The Student Pathways for Community Engagement Working Group seeks to further develop the idea of the “embedded” RA by creating and pilot testing an integrated community-campus engagement (CCE) curriculum for students at Trent University. The curriculum will include a graduated learning process, starting with service-learning experiences in first and second year of undergrad to embedded RAships and research experiences at a Master’s level.
The curriculum mapping process will integrate a focus on environmental sustainability and social justice throughout. The purpose will be to incrementally build students’ skills for practicing successful community first CCE. Once students have developed a set of CCE skills and knowledge, they will then have opportunities to be placed in embedded RAships as Master’s students.
To achieve this pathways goal, the Student Pathways for Community Engagement Working Group will:
- Complete a curriculum mapping process (map curriculum for 6 years of post-secondary education)
- Build tools, courses, modules, etc. to support student learning and skills development in CCE
- Design a high school CCE course for students in grade 11/12
- Streamline Trent University’s current community service learning program
Student Pathways for Community Impact Working Group News, Resources, and Research
Check out the Student Pathways Working Group’s news, resources, and research below.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Service learning for students – putting the community first!
by Stephen Hill, Academic Co-lead, Student Pathways for Community Impact Working Group As the last of summer dwindles away, university and college professors begin one of their busiest times of year: starting new courses, organizing assignments, labs, seminars and teaching materials, and getting to know students. It’s a wonderful kind of busy,... More
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Trent University Announces Dr. Stephen Hill as an Inaugural Teaching Fellow
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA On September 7, 2016, Trent University announced Dr. Stephen Hill as one of Trent's two Inaugural Teaching Fellows for 2016. The Trent Teaching Fellowship program provides selected fellows with a financial award that is funded as part of Trent's $50 Million Campaign: Unleash the Potential. This year,... More