Lewis University welcomed Dr. Marshall Welch to campus on Monday, March 25th. Dr. Welch is the Director of the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) at St. Mary’s College of Moraga, California. He provided in-servicing and dialogue facilitation for those Lewis offices and units involved with various forms of community engagement and experiential learning.
Dr. Welch came to us with a wealth of experience and expertise in areas of community engagement, service learning, civic engagement, and the spiritual dimensions ofaction within the community. He has been the director of CILSA for over five years. He has published and edited various works in journals and books. Most recently, he and Dr. John Saltmarsh, a pioneer in the sphere of community engagement, completed and will soon publish a book chapter entitled “The Center of Community Engagement.” The chapter is based on extensive research of best practices among institutions which have attained the Elective Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation. This study and Marshall’s in-service will help Lewis University to continue to strive toward growth in various areas of community and civic engagement, as set out in our Vision and Strategic Plan 2017.
The in-service addressed Strategic Directions:
II.C. Distinctive Learning Experiences:
3) Centralize and strengthen experiential learning activities
4) Promote civic knowledge and engagement activities
IV. Strategic Partnerships: exploring the wealth of expertise and resources in the ‘Worldwide Lasallian Network’
A few of the stakeholders gathered throughout the day on March 25th were the Community Engagement Cooperative (CEC) (as well as representatives of the offices within the CEC, the Service Learning (Advisory) Team, Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, and the Center for Ministry and Spirituality. Some members of the administration hope were present as well thus enriching the discussion and visioning. We believe this in-service was a valuable step toward reaching key goals for our respective initiatives and Lewis University as a whole.
The organizers are truly thankful for the amazing Association shown by the Lewis community in offering hospitality to our guests and helping us to foster zeal for service among students, faculty and staff alike. For a list of sites with which we are building partnerships, please contact the OSL for a password to our online list. Dr. Christie Billups at x5829 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Beka Flanagan at x5023 or email@example.com.
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A panel of service-learning practitioners offered their insights on effective service learning at the recent afternoon workshop. A 3-hour workshop was offered for Institute participants with panel presentations on everything from biology research projects to engaged learning in classrooms with special needs children to taking service learning abroad to Mexico. There were also several community representatives discussing ways Lewis faculty could work to partner with them to meet real needs in the community while also enhancing learning for our students.
The Office of Service Learning held a workshop on Wednesday, March 24th entitled “Service Learning: Who’s Doing It? Why not you?” There were eleven faculty who participated in the workshop, primarily those interested in integrating Service Learning into courses or programs with which they are currently working. Thanks to input from Drs. Christie Billups, Clare Lawlor and Anne Rapp, participants noted consistently that the workshop was helpful and energizing. They stated that they left with new ideas to move forward with incorporation of service learning and would follow up with the Office of Service Learning in the near future.
If you are interested in accessing some of the helpful documents distributed at the workshop, please go to the resources link where several pdf files have been made available.