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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

Community Engagement Scholars

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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

Office Location:
715 S. New St.
Commonwealth Hall, Lower Level
Enter at Student Health Services
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-3379
Fax: 610-430-5600

Community Engagement Scholars

Each semester, the department selects several faculty to work with a cohort of Community Engagement Scholars.

The Scholars are trained student leaders who assist faculty teaching academic service-learning courses or departments with growing community partnerships, community-based research projects, or other community-engagement efforts. Scholars receive training from the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs, as well as a stipend and the opportunity to participate in professional development workshops.

Each week, Community Engagement Scholars spend approximately 5-8 hours coordinating service-learning programs and services.

Responsibilities

  • Foster an atmosphere on campus and in the classroom where students feel empowered to participate in public service.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty to prepare students for public service at local non-profit agencies.
  • Coordinate with non-profit agencies for class presentations, logistics, and orientation for student volunteers.
  • Meet weekly with faculty collaborator to discuss the progress of the action plan for implementing service-learning into the curriculum.
  • Maintain regular communication with faculty, students in the course, and non-profit agencies.
  • Create a list of each student’s service project and number of hours served.
  • Facilitate a classroom presentation about the benefits of service-learning on students and the community.
  • Actively participate in Community Engagement Scholars Orientation.
  • Prepare reflection activities for students throughout the course.
  • If applicable, coordinate group presentations at the end of the semester.
  • If applicable, coordinate a ride share program for students serving at the same community agency.
  • Participate in bi-weekly paraprofessional workshops on such topics as: resume building, financial literacy, time management, and active citizenship.
  • Meet with the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs staff periodically to discuss progress.
  • Other duties as assigned by the faculty partner.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a West Chester University undergraduate or graduate program
  • Interest and enthusiasm for working with peers either individually or in groups
  • Knowledge and/or experience in working with community agencies  
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task in a timely manner
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills

Selection Process

New CE Scholars and Faculty Partners are selected each semester. Interested faculty should apply to our office first. For the application and/or assistance with creating a plan of action for your course or department, please contact Dr. Katie Solic.

Once they are selected for the program, individual faculty and departments are responsible for assisting with recruiting and selecting a student.

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