Notes February 12th 2009
What is Civic Engagement? Is a definition necessary for people to grasp the idea? Need everyone to understand what civic engagement is, and what service learning is, and how these terms are interconnected.
Where do we start? We need to determine common goals and common values. We need to rediscover what we share as common goals.
We need to make sure the community understands what it means to host a student who is participating in service learning. The sites might say “We don’t want your help, unless it is good help,” like with the university near Philadelphia discussed in Chapter 4. There is a misunderstanding that the university knows (knows all and has solutions). The university can learn a lot from the surrounding community.
What are peoples’ core values? What is the ideology of the people the university is sending their students out to work with? What do they bring to the table? What is democracy?
How about engaged scholarship? Currently, tenure track professors are not reinforced to participate in service learning, and that service is actually devalued.
Problem for the university’s administration: How do you quantify civic engagement? Do you need to? How do you create incentives for both individuals and departments?
Next meeting, bring friends to:
1. Eat up the food provided
2. Add a new dimension to the conversation