Category Archives: Service Learning

Information about various community engaged projects I am involved with at UMass Amherst

Taking it to the Masses; Service-Learning for Social Change

I believe that essentially (almost) everyone wants to help make the world a better place. Most people would agree that they want to contribute in positive ways to their communities or to their country. Many of us want “things” to change. Having an engaged citizenry is essential to Democracy. But how, where and when canContinue Reading

Summer Session – Athletes as Mentors

Summer Session – Athletes as Mentors

Summer Session provides a brand new opportunity –  a Service-Learning course at UMass Amherst, “Athletes as Mentors.” The UMass football team  and several women’s Basketball team members are enrolled a UMass summer session Service-Learning  course. Gathering to meet as a class once a week, we cover material such as: Knowing the Community, Knowing the CommunityContinue Reading

Building the Partnership with Amherst Pelham Regional Schools

Over the years there have been many connections between UMass (students, faculty and staff) and the Amherst Pelham Public Schools (ARPS).  Considering the curricular connections,  these have often been partnerships between a given faculty member and  a teacher or two in the Amherst Schools. Frequently these are wonderful partnerships, sometimes spanning years. Not infrequently however,Continue Reading

Making Connections in the Community

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is meeting community leaders and building relationships with dozens of community partners. I enjoy getting to know them and learning about the program, their vision and mission.  Together we consider the needs and  opportunities for UMass students to participate in and support those programs. The connectionContinue Reading

Summer Community Engagement

Summer Session- Though summer is a much quieter time in terms of my involvement with service learning and community engagement there are some fun things that have been offered, like Circuits and Beats. Circuits and Beats is a summer outreach program that has been sponsored for 2 summers by UMass Amherst- Electrical and Computer Engineering,Continue Reading