Southern Miss centers team up for community engagement seminar


The Center for Community Engagement at the University of Southern Mississippi, in partnership with the Center for Faculty Development, is sponsoring a three-day, community-focused condensed seminar from December 14-16 at the Hattiesburg campus.

CCE Director Christy Arrazattee notes that the overarching goal of the seminar is to provide a quick introduction to tips and best practices for involving students in community organizations as part of the demands of the classroom. She points out that the CCE is well connected with community organizations in the Pine Belt and is quite familiar with the needs of the community.

“We are happy to make recommendations and connections,” said Arrazattee. “It is also important for the University to have a coordinating structure for community engagement to ensure that outreach is conducted in a responsible manner and so that community organizations are not overloaded with students fulfilling course requirements. or student organization service. We also know that active learning and service learning are high impact teaching practices, so it is important to have an office that can provide advice on how to effectively implement these practices.

The intensive seminar will consist of three sessions that will cover the basics of community learning for faculty, who wish to either enhance their current partnerships or start implementing this high-impact practice.

“The partnership between CCE and CFD has allowed us to identify common themes of community building in multiple ways, as well as an intentional awareness and incorporation of diversity, equity and inclusiveness into our programming, ”said Kelly Lester, director of the Center for Faculty Development at USM.

Arrazattee explains that USM has a rather active body of professors engaged in the community. She notes that around 15 service-learning courses are confirmed for spring 2022 with the expectation of around 20 to 25 courses that eventually integrate service-learning for the spring semester.

“I work with 30-35 professors who regularly teach service learning courses, and there are many more who are also involved in community research or outreach activities that are not built into the classroom. class, ”Arrazattee said.

The CCE will train five new faculty during the Service Learning Faculty Fellows Program seminar next spring, who will then present their new service learning classes over the next two years after the seminar ends. .

To register for the seminar and learn more about the Community Engagement Center,

Seminar schedule

• Day 1 – Tuesday December 14: Principles of partnership

Identification of partners and project possibilities, led by Candice Salyers

Benchmarks for Campus / Community Partnerships, moderated by Christy Kayser Arrazattee

• Day 2 – Wednesday December 15: Commitment scholarship

Community-based research process, facilitated by Jennifer Lemacks and Holly Huye

Develop research opportunities, led by Christy Kayser Arrazattee

• Day 3 – Thursday December 16: Prepare students and harvest learning

Orientation and monitoring of students in community placement, led by Christy Kayser Arrazattee

Link to Course Content and Civic Identity Panel with Jo Hawkins Jones, Ann Marie Kinnell and Rebecca Turri


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