University of Vermont

Dewey House for Community Engagement

Learn: Dewey House Seminars

Seminar

As Dewey students, you will:

  • Broaden your understanding of civic engagement, social systems, and inter-connected communities
  • Deepen your knowledge of self (social identities, strengths, interests, values, leadership style)
  • Gain experiences living, working, and learning in diverse communities which build meaningful relationships, skills, and awareness
  • Develop a life-long commitment to working collaboratively for socially just communities

We partner with the Department of Social Work to offer our one-credit service-learning seminars each semester. Learn more about the Department of Social Work at UVM here.

The First Year of Dewey

Once a student has been accepted into the Dewey House they are expected to:

  • Participate in community gatherings, social events, and volunteer programs
  • Take the one-credit service-learning seminar (SWSS 008: Civic Engagement and Self-Reflection) in Fall and Spring semesters
  • Develop an individual service plan and participate in group projects in the community
  • Complete a minimum of 60 hours of community service annually (80 hours if Community Service Scholars)

The Second Year of Dewey

After successfully completing the first year, Dewey House students and Community Service Scholars are invited, not required, to continue living in the Dewey House. Second year Dewey students are expected to:

  • Continue participation in community events, social gatherings, and volunteer programs
  • Take the one-credit service-learning seminar (SWSS 058: Civic Engagement and Leadership) [required of Community Service Scholars]
  • Complete a minimum of 60 hours of community service annually (80 hours if Community Service Scholars)
  • Meet individually with a Dewey faculty or staff advisor todevelopand implement their community impact plan

Beyond Residential Dewey

Students typically do not live in the Dewey House for more than two years, although they can re-apply to live in the community if they desire. After completing two years of Dewey living, serving, and learning students are recognized in a small and poignant ceremony and tasked to continue creating positive change in our communities.

  • "Once a Dewey, always a Dewey:" All alumni to the Dewey House are welcome to attend any and all group service projects, social gatherings, and community events

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