USM Center for Community Engagement Announces 2022-23 Conville Award Recipient

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The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) announced the 2022-23 recipient of the Conville Service-Learning Development Award, a grant for graduates of the Faculty of Science Scholars Seminar. ‘USM on service-learning to pursue service-learning initiatives.

The 2022-23 Conville Service-Learning Development Award will fund the work of Vickie Reed, an instructor at the School of Health Professions, as she examines the experience of black service-learning pioneers who laid the basics of service-oriented learning. Reed will also study the experience of black faculty leading service-learning in PWIs (primarily white institutions) and how these experiences correlate with belonging and a commitment to community-engaged service and research.

Reed has been a service learning practitioner for over twenty years, initially working with community service learning at DREAM of Hattiesburg. While at the University of Southern Mississippi, she remained involved in pedagogy by engaging in academic service-learning as director of the service-learning program and public health instructor.

“Receiving the Conville Award allows me to come full circle from my past service experiences and my advocacy for volunteerism,” Reed said. “This award provides additional opportunities to continue my work and contribute to service learning research while expanding it to include diverse voices.”

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