Engaged Scholarship Grant
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Each year, Campus Compact of the Mountain West awards six (three each semester) Engaged Scholarship Grants of up to $1,500 each. The Engaged Scholarship Grant program funds faculty projects that promote community engagement. These grants are intended to support and strengthen reciprocal community partnerships, promote student learning, and increase the visibility and legitimacy of community engaged work in higher education.
Projects must fall in one of three categories:
1) Service Learning: Design a new course or revise an existing course with a community partner to include a service learning component.
2) Community-engaged Research: Develop and initiate a community-engaged research project that addresses a community issue and advances the field of engagement.
3) Community Engagement Impact Research: Projects in this category examine the impact of community engagement and campus/community partnerships.
The Fall 2015 Engaged Scholarship Grant recipients have been announced!
Dr. Ellen Aiken, University of Colorado Boulder, Education
Dr. Karen Ramirez, University of Colorado Boulder, Education
Developing a Course in Dialogues across Difference
With CCMW funding, Drs. Aiken & Ramirez will co-design a service learning component in a new course that will blend learning about dialogue as a means of communicating across difference with training in facilitating dialogues between different social identity groups in community settings. The service learning component of the course will involve having students prepare for and co-facilitate a dialogue in one of two community settings: between students and long term residents living in the Hill neighborhood (near CU) and between students living within the residence halls at CU. These two community settings are closely connected in that the Hill neighborhood is the preferred location for students signing leases for off-campus housing during spring semester of their freshman year. Community partners designated for this project are the University Hill Neighborhood Association and CU's Residence Life. Building students' skills to communicate across difference, engage in community issues in their residence halls and understand issues from multiple perspectives during their first year at CU prepares them to become engaged members of their neighborhood communities once they live off campus. The course will be learner-centered rather than teacher-centered and will incorporate intergroup dialogue activities as well as opportunities for students to put theoretical learning into practice . Dialogues are a well-established practice and are also situated in the intersections between academic literatures on democratic deliberation, intercultural communication , and theories of social change. Through the course, students will gain knowledge and skills to facilitate dialogues in a variety of community settings between, for example, diverse ethnic/cultural groups, age groups, and political groups.
Dr. Michael Kimball, University of Northern Colorado, Anthropology
Heritage Voices: Building Place with Our Refugee Communities
Heritage Voices, a new initiative from the Roots Project, is a community engaged research project embedded in an upperGlevel applied anthropology course at the University of Northern Colorado. The applied anthropology course trains students in basic qualitative research methods with an emphasis on ethnographic observation and interviewing. Since fall 2013, students have learned these skills through a research partnership with Greeley’s Global Refugee Center, GreeleyGEvans School District 6 high schools, and the Centennial Village Museum (CVM), a local, living history museum in the heart of Greeley. Through the Roots Project, students discover how refugee families from African, Southeast Asian, and Latin American countries “build place” by exploring common ground and differences between their own cultural heritages and those of Greeley's late 19th/early 20th century immigrant forebears from Russia, Scandinavia and Latin America. Results from the project thus far suggest that interaction with CVM’s heritage interpreters and handsGon experience with exhibits recall to mind vivid memories from refugees' home countries and help them to establish a sense of place in and shared heritage with their new home. Two field seasons of interview transcripts, photos and field notes and have laid the foundation for Heritage Voices. Led by two advanced anthropology undergraduate students, this project is advancing research into refugee place building by reanalyzing Roots Project data and conducting additional interviews to produce two interactive and culturally responsive museum cell phone audio tours spoken in Somali and Burmese languages. The Engaged Scholarship Grant will allow the Roots Project to institutionalize our partnerships, increase participant engagement, and secure the Roots Project’s place as one of UNC’s signature community engagement initiatives. Specifically, we wish to fund three key components of Heritage Voices: (1) a translator recruitment and training program; (2) collaboratively designed “prompt signage” to support the Heritage Voices cell phone audio tours; and (3) a collaboratively designed multilingual Roots Project banner to incite interest and welcome participants to events and other activities.