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Service Learning Awardees at CUPS Reception


Service Learning Award Presented to UVM Social Work Professor

Dr. Suzy Comerford, associate professor of social work, is the 2018 recipient of the Lynne Bond Outstanding Faculty Award – the University of Vermont’s top award for community-engaged teaching/service-learning.  This prestigious award is named for Lynne Bond (emerita) who founded service-learning at UVM in the late 1990s. 

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Professor Garbarino Receives Award for Outstanding Service Learning

Service learning helps students prepare for their adult lives through deploying their academic skills on behalf of community organizations. Nursing and health sciences faculty engage with a range of community partners on campus, throughout the Burlington region and around the world.

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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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Faculty Feature: Rasheda Weaver

“When I was growing up in the Bronx, people thought I was crazy because I thought I could change the world,” laughs Rasheda Weaver, assistant professor of community entrepreneurship in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at UVM. Since then, Weaver has discovered a way to effect positive change, ...

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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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