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Faculty Receive Service-Learning Grants

By the view Staff Article published November 9, 2004

The Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning announced winners of fall planning and implementation grants on Nov. 7. Seven projects will receive grants of up to $1000 from CUPS to aid them in injecting service-learning pedagogy into their courses. A new grant cycle will offer possibilities for funding in spring 2005.

The faculty winners are:

  • Mary Canales and Judy Cohen (nursing) to create service-learning opportunities for graduate nursing students enrolled in a new course, “Policy, Organization, and Financing of Healthcare,” through partnerships with local health care organizations that would benefit from policy research, policy-writing, legislative assistance, etc.
  • Susan Comerford (social work) to integrate a service-learning component into a social welfare policy practice course. The project will help students to become familiar with the process of policy formulation and policy analysis through key partnerships with legislative bodies and/or nonprofit human service agencies.
  • Jane Mekkelsen (education) for improvements to the service-learning elements of the America Reads/Counts program and the Education seminar in which literacy tutors participate.
  • Roulef Boumans and Saleem Ali (Gund) to provide equipment that will help to facilitate a Peruvian partnership between the Gund Institute and Chulalongkorn University of Thailand. The partnership will explore conflict resolution, and will help to provide ecological, economic, and social welfare evaluations of potential construction and maintenance of gas pipelines through remote areas of Peru.
  • Fran Kahn (Learning Cooperative) to improve the service-learning element of a course cross-listed with Community Development and Applied Economics and Human Development and Family Studies called “Finding Community Voice.” The course will most likely partner with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement program and the Visiting Nurses Association to address the needs, and find the strengths, of a growing population of Congolese, Sudanese and Bantu Somali refugees.
  • Ellen Marsden (Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources) to create a service-learning project between students in ichthyology (the study of fishes) and ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. The project will help ECHO to create programming for visitors through student presentations.
  • Charles Rathbone (education) to create a mentoring project between middle school students in Burlington and UVM students that fosters exploration of diverse cultures and diverse learning styles in a course titled “Learners and the Learning Process.”