Welcome, Scholars, to the Community Engagement Scholars Program Blog!
We at the Community Service Learning Center hope that this blog will be utilized fully, as it is a great tool for building community within the Scholars Program. It will serve as a space to publicize and discuss topics and reflections related to community work, and give voice to scholars who would like to share their experiences with their peers and learn from one another!
We hope that each of you will come back regularly for updates to the blog - to post your own topics, comment on others, and create a discussion space.
If you would like to post things to the blog, please send them to CESP@umn.edu, explaining that you would like your assignment posted to the blog (unless it is "Curator of Images," "Create a Video Documentary," or "Write a Blog Post," in which case they will automatically be posted when you send them.
We know that there is a lot of hateful speech out there - the internet can be an awful place for someone to share their ideas - especially when the writer is anonymous. We ask that you be courteous in your criticism of other ideas. Offer constructive feedback, instead of negative and snide commentary: i.e. "This sucks." Please keep in mind that, even though you think your idea is better, it is always best to engage and wrestle with something than to have a knee-jerk reaction (unless, of course, that "thing" is a pack of wolves, in which case it is probably better to climb a tree than to "engage" with them - a rare exception though.) That being said, comments are not anonymous, and we do not allow the use of "screen names" - if you have a comment, please own it and be willing and able to defend it using reasonable argument.
Now - We'll stop being a Debbie-Downer, and say that we all are very excited to have this blog available for use by all of the Scholars! It is a great way to help you all engage with not only one another, but with people in general.
Peace, and happy postings!
CESP Peer Advisors