About the Program
Who should apply:
Duquesne University graduate and undergraduate students who desire to be involved as student leaders for community engagement, while providing direct service in Pittsburgh. Through this program, students will be immersed in an experience that contributes to personal growth; develops civic knowledge, skills, and values; and empowers them to be involved as responsible and participatory citizens.
This is a highly selective program. Successful students will be leaders with a history of service and demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively in relationship with others. Students who have taken a community-engaged learning (or, service-learning) class are preferred.
How it works:
The Community Engagement Scholars program is a Duquesne University sponsored initiative that allocates an education award of $1,250 for students who enroll and successfully complete 200 hours of service during the academic year.
SCHOLARS WILL COMMIT TO A TERM OF SERVICE THAT CONTAINS THREE MAIN COMPONENTS:
- A Leadership Position: Scholars will hold one of two positions (a) faculty-based, or (b) community-based.
(a) Faculty-based Positions
Faculty teaching community-engaged learning courses (usually upper-level) personally recruit these Scholars to work with them directly to manage the logisitics of their community-engaged learning class. Scholars in these types of positions generally devote more support to the academic component of community-engaged learning, as most professors will have their Scholars act as a kind of TA for the class.
(b) Community-based Positions
The Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research (CETR) secures placements for community-based Scholars with select community-based organizations (CBOs) involved in community-engaged learning. These CBOs have agreed to host a Scholar to facilitate student involvement at their organization as part of community-engaged learning.
Scholars in either position log 6.5 hours each week to help build capacity and manage community-engaged learning partnerships. Typically, this includes:
(a) coordinating and conducting in-class introductions so that students can meet / learn about their community partners;
(b) matching students with community partners (if their class allows for options);
(c) scheduling neighborhood tours (led by community members) so that students can become familiar with the communities where they'll be working;
(d) coordinating with staff at your CBO to arrange training / orientations for students;
(e) scheduling and tracking student service-learning hours;
(f) maintaining contact with students to make sure they are having a good experience and offer a line of communication to discuss any problems / concerns; and
(g) checking in with community partners for regular feedback.
Scholars may also spend some of their time engaged in other forms of direct service at their community partner sites, as needed.
- Leadership and Service Training & Seminars: In addition to working in their individual positions, all Scholars must attend 40-45 hours of training and seminars. Training will include:
(a) a 2 1/2-day orientation retreat at Pine Springs Camp in Jennerstown, PA;
(b) 1-hour weekly seminars (worth 1-credit) throughout the fall semester (redesigned through a grant award in 2012); and
(c) a service-based seminar in the spring semester (worth 1-credit).
*Scholars may also be required to schedule orientation or training sessions for their own community placements.
- A Meaningful Service Experience: Finally, the seminars are reinforced through weekly experiential learning, paired with reflection sessions throughout the spring semester. Together, the cohort of Scholars will participate in a shared service experience within a local community to reinforce civic learning (this replaces the seminars from the fall semester). Scholars are required to complete a minimum of 2 hours of weekly direct service for this service experience.
How to become a CE Scholar:
The OSL is now accepting applications for AY 2015-2016 on a rolling basis.
Proposals for AY 2015-2016 will be accepted until March 25, 2015. As we accept applications on a rolling basis, you can generally expect a response within a couple weeks of submitting your application. All applicants will be contacted by March 30, 2015 (at the latest). Though we will begin scheduling formal interviews as soon as we recieve applications, formal interviews will generally take place during the weeks of April 6th and April 13th.