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Sample Community Engagement Scholar Action Plan

Class Work: 2006 Scholar in Service to Pennsylvania Dora Walmsley, a sociology major, was selected to assist a Sociology Department adjunct faculty member with the Helping Process class.

The class included a service-learning component in which students partnered with the Brashear Association, Just Harvest, and St. Joseph's House of Hospitality.

Dora worked intensively at the Brashear Association and coordinated the service-learning students' placements for all sites. Her responsibilities included:

  • Holding weekly office hours
  • Regular communication with sites and students
  • Scheduling students' site orientations
  • Troubleshooting logistics
  • Distributing student evaluations
  • Conducting exit interviews with community partners
  • Facilitating a reflection session with students

Training: Dora also attended a bi-weekly leadership and social change seminar facilitated by OSL throughout her term. The seminar focused on:

  • Becoming familiar with community engagement implementation
  • Forming and caring for community partnerships
  • Outreach characterized by the Spiritan Charism
  • Leadership development
  • Recruiting and orienting students to service activities
  • Facilitating meaningful reflection assignments

Personal Service: Dora accumulated 124 hours of personal service, in addition to her work with the Helping Process class. These service activities included: