Community Engagement Symposium

Community Engagement Symposium

This interdisciplinary workshop is designed for students and faculty who want to conduct relevant community-engaged projects that are effective, evidence-based, measurable, and sustainable. This symposium takes place on Thursday, September 6th from noon-3:30pm in the Ryan Case Methods Hall, and is continued on Friday, September 14th from 8:30-11:30am in the Helen Wood Hall Atrium. Registration is required, but free: https://goo.gl/forms/dZGf5tmhtSGL3mnb2
Please see the flyer for schedule and details.

Sponsored by: Center for Community Health and Prevention, Hoekelman Center, RCCL, UR School of Nursing, and Office of Medical Education.

Urban Fellows Poster Presentations

Urban Fellows Poster Presentations

The 2018 cohort of Rochester Urban Fellows spent the last ten weeks interning with community organizations across the Rochester area focused on a wide range of issues related to poverty. Come hear about the lessons they’ve learned and their next steps towards addressing the needs of our community. Drop in anytime or stay for the whole day. All are welcome. See schedule for specific speaker times.

Become a Neighborhood Ambassador

Become a Neighborhood Ambassador

The Off-Campus Living Program, part of the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services, is accepting applications for next year’s Neighborhood Ambassadors. These students would live off campus and learn about the communities they live in. Ambassadors then represent their community in a variety of community/student events.  Neighborhood Ambassadors can:

  • Learn about the diverse neighborhood they live in
  • Bridge the gap between the University and the community
  • Explore social justice issues in the community settings
  • Create unique and imaginative events for students and the neighborhoods
  • Receive a stipend of $1,000 ($500 each semester)

Any enrolled student, undergraduate, and graduate, who lives in a neighborhood adjacent to the University can apply. Interested students can email Fazeelah Chappell (fchappel@reslife.rochester.edu) or John Borek (johnwborek@yahoo.com).

Become a Volunteer Counselor with Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach

Become a Volunteer Counselor with Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach

Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach is seeking students willing to serve as volunteer counselors for the summer. Students will have to be available from July 2nd to August 10th, Monday through Friday from noon to 3 pm. This role can also be supported as an internship. The responsibilities of this role include:

  • Supervising children ages 4-12 (approximately 20-40 children each day) at Mary’s Place. There is a playground behind the building and different games/toys/crafts for children to do
  • Serving children lunch and snack each day (Foodlink provides daily deliveries of premade lunch and snack)
  • Accompanying children 2 days/week to local YMCA for swim lessons (The lessons are taught by staff from YMCA and YMCA provides bussing to/from)
  • Accompanying children on a total of 4 field trips (Mary’s Place provides a bus to/from field trips and covers all expenses)

Students who are interested can email or call Charlsey Bickett (charlsey.bickett@dor.org) (585-270-8626).

Students Develop Community Leadership Skills in Thailand

Students Develop Community Leadership Skills in Thailand

 

Back row (L-R): Brianna Terrell ‘20, Yixin Cao ‘18, Vlad Cazacu ‘20, Olavi Hangula ‘21
Front row (L-R): Nathan Leopold ‘20, Beatriz Gil Gonzalez ‘19, Jing Tian Ngiaw ‘19

Seven students will attend the University Scholars Leadership Symposium at the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand this summer. Students will spend seven days with other youth leaders from around the world to hone their leadership skills, learn about what it takes for a humanitarian intervention to succeed, collaborate with their international peers on issues of social justice, and partake in a day of service in Bangkok.

With generous support from the College Dean’s Office, the Office of Global Engagement, and the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, Cazacu, Gonzalez, Leopold, Ngiaw, and Terrell were awarded funding to support their attendance through a competitive application process.  This is the first year that the University of Rochester has sent a delegation to the conference. Delegates will share their new knowledge and skills with the campus community in the fall semester. Visit the USLS website to learn more about the symposium.

Rochester Urban Fellows Spotlight: Kavya Bana

Rochester Urban Fellows Spotlight: Kavya Bana

In just one short week,  the 2018 cohort of seventeen Rochester Urban Fellows will begin their ten weeks of service with organizations across the city. Fellows come from near and far to spend their summer learning about the Rochester community and how different organizations work to create positive change. Fortunately, the Fellows have someone to help them navigate this new, challenging experience. Kavya Bana served as an Urban Fellow in 2016 and is this year’s program leader, helping to both manage logistics of the program and provide guidance and support to the Fellows. Learn more about Kavya and her experience with Urban Fellows below!

Hometown: Simsbury, CT

Class year: 2019

Major: Microbiology and Political Science

What is a typical day/week like as a fellow?: For four days out of the week, fellows work at their host sites throughout the city of Rochester. These sites range from Foodlink to the 19th Ward Community Association. Each day fellows work at their organization doing both indirect and direct service. Indirect service entails working to build capacity at an organization whereas direct service involved working directly with the community members your organization serves. On Wednesday’s, the fellows attend Urban Issue Seminars in the morning and apply what they have learned by visiting or serving at an organization in the community tackling that urban issue. Urban issues covered include urban education, urban planning, an mass incarceration.

Where was your site and what did you do?: My site was at the Rochester Public Market and I mostly worked at the SNAP/Token desk each day where I would interact with community members and exchange SNAP benefits for tokens to use at the Market. I also performed outreach at churches and youth recreation centers to make community members more aware of the SNAP program at farmers markets in Rochester. Finally, I also led some tours for students and staffed the taste the market food table where I would hand out samples of food made using market ingredients.

What did you love the most about Urban Fellows?: Urban Fellows broadened my horizons because it not only changed my perception of Rochester but also of community engagement in general. Before the program, while I was passionate about my community, I felt largely unaware of how to actually address the issues that I cared about the most. I truly loved feeling like I was actually a citizen of Rochester by connecting with all of the community stakeholders and members  I met throughout the summer.

What are you most excited about this year as the student leader for Urban Fellows?: I am most excited to see how much closer the fellows will be from slightly quiet and awkward interactions at orientation to their final presentations when they are all one tightly knit group.

What are you nervous about the most?: I am most nervous about fostering a sense of community with all of the fellows early on especially when some live off campus while others live on campus.

What would you say to anyone looking to apply?: Apply even if you think you don’t necessarily have a lot of work experience as long as you have a passion for learning more about the community. Also, keep an open mind throughout the summer because this program will definitely change your perspective!

TOUR Academic Coach Spotlight: Sol Kim

TOUR Academic Coach Spotlight: Sol Kim

The Rochester Center for Community Leadership is spotlighting the Transition Opportunities at the University of Rochester (TOUR) program. TOUR is an inclusive college experience for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are age 18 to 21. TOUR students have the opportunity to participate in college courses, vocational training and internships, transition and independent living education, as well as social activities. For more information about TOUR, please visit the website.

Name: Sol Kim

Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon

Class year: 2018

Major: BCS

What is a typical day/week like as a tutor?: I attend class with my TOUR student(s) and meet with them outside of class for at least one hour for our weekly academic coaching sessions. In between classes and individual coaching sessions, tutors and mentees will text each other about homework and run into each other fairly often – most likely at Starbucks or Meliora! If I run into the TOUR students I’ve taken a Spanish language course with, we’ll strike up a conversation in Spanish 🙂

What do you love the most about LEAP/TOUR?: I love exploring a diverse selection of courses offered at UR that specifically fits the interests of another student! Thanks to the TOUR students I’ve worked with, I’ve had the opportunity to take courses I otherwise wouldn’t have explored, like philosophy and music history courses. While I personally have learned a lot by being in a teaching position and taking some interesting classes, it’s also really rewarding to be integrally involved in the life of another student, a peer, and a friend!

What would you say to anyone looking to apply?: Definitely, do! It’s a learning experience that will open and blow your mind! I feel very fortunate and am thankful to have been involved in this program as a TOUR academic coach. I’ve been blessed with fresh perspectives on the college experience and consider myself environed with a diversity of learning styles and opportunities. There’s so much to be gained through this program and it’s so worth all the time, energy, and effort.

CAS 202 Will Be Offered in Fall 2018

CAS 202 Will Be Offered in Fall 2018

For the first time, CAS 202: Introduction to Community-Engaged Scholarship, will be offered in the fall 2018 semester! This 2-credit course is designed for students interested in pursuing RCCL’s Citation in Community-Engaged Scholarship, a self-designed curriculum weaving academic coursework with community service, culminating in a final capstone project of your choosing.

The class will introduce students to what the Citation is, engage students in contemporary issues in Rochester, and help students plan their proposals for an ongoing capstone.

Students interested in this course should be service-minded, passionate about social justice, interested in learning about the current issues faced by the Rochester community and want to work towards breaking the campus bubble.

To sign up, fill out the interest form or email Alissa Clark (alissa.clark@rochester.edu).

AS&E Discussions on Topical Challenges Lecture

AS&E Discussions on Topical Challenges Lecture

Elizabeth Barkin Leight ’89 (PsyD), a member of the AS&E National Council, will speak on harassment and diversity as the inaugural lecture in the new Arts, Sciences & Engineering series AS&E Discussions on Topical Challenges. The talk along with Q&A will take place on Wednesday, April 11th from 3-4 pm in Interfaith Chapel, River Level. The reception will follow from 4-5pm in the Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall. The lecture is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Handler Scholars Food Drive

Handler Scholars Food Drive

The Handler Scholars are collecting hygiene products (toiletries, paper towels, new underwear and socks, feminine products) and non-perishable food items (canned goods, snacks etc.) to benefit students in need at East Upper & Lower Schools (East EPO). Donations are being collected from Monday, March 19, through Friday, March 30, and may be left at the following locations: the College Center for Advising Services (312 Lattimore Hall), the Common Connection (Wilson Commons 201), the Gwen M. Green Center (4-200 Dewey Hall), the Simon School (Gleason Hall 245 and 202 Schlegel Hall), and the Rochester Center for Community Leadership (107 Lattimore Hall).