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Service-Learning Stories


Building Community through Food

Nell Carpenter ’19 has developed an appetite for locally grown food, though many of the crops she’s raised recently have unfamiliar names and flavors. In her work last summer as an intern for the Huertas Project, a community-based program that provides migrant farmworkers with access to traditional Mexican foods, she’s ...

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Promoting Public Health in Marginalized Communities

In PT 303: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, students partnered with Stay Steady Vermont and physical therapists at UVM Medical Center to strengthen fall prevention programs for senior citizens, a community of Special Olympics coaches, three Northeast Disabled Athletic Association (NDAA) sports teams, and the Bridges to Health Program with UVM Extension to serve migrant dairy farmworkers. By supporting these ongoing community programs, they were able to contribute to the sustainability of long-term health promotion projects in the local area.

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A Hands-On Approach to the Fundamentals of Childhood Development

HDFS 001 partners with the King Street Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, as well as the Boys & Girls Club’s afterschool program at the Integrated Arts Academy, focusing specifically on childhood development. These partnerships bring together local youth and UVM students, often from varying cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Gathering Data to Help Shape the Future of Rural Vermont

The Northeast Kingdom town of Greensboro is writing a new Town Plan in an effort to balance affordability, environmental stewardship, and rural development goals within their community. The Greensboro Planning Commission reached out to the GEOG 061 class for their assistance in gathering data on housing, affordable housing, employment and education in an effort to build their forthcoming Town Plan around community sustainability.

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CUPS Celebrates Community-Engaged Teaching

On April 5th, 2017, we recognized strong service-learning and honored students, faculty and community partners - all of whom are needed to make this practice possible.  UVM offers approximately 100 service-learning courses every year, and the work done in these classes contributes to multiple communities across the state, helping ...

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Restoration Ecology class along river bank


Students Put Restoration Ecology Methods into Practice at Burlington Park

Twenty-seven environmental sciences students from the University of Vermont (UVM) spent May 3 in the field practicing restoration ecology science and techniques they learned in the classroom to improve McKenzie Park in Burlington’s Intervale. The service-learning project is a partnership between Burlington Parks, Recreation and ...

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