Three Norwich University Service-Learning Scholars presented a workshop, Student Leadership for Service-Learning, at the 2004 statewide Student Leadership Conference November 12-13 at Goddard College.
Jamie Wright '06 (Criminal Justice and Psychology), Kate Brett '04 (Communications), and Kendra Burr '05 (Nursing) were invited to conduct the workshop by Vermont Campus Compact staff members. The workshop focused on the importance of student involvement in institutionalizing service-learning on college campuses and offered the NU Scholars Program as an example and model for other Vermont colleges and universities. The NU Service Learning Scholars are a team of students who are committed to promoting student involvement in meeting community needs.
According to Michelle Barber, Service-Learning Coordinator at Norwich, service-learning is the incorporation of service into the curriculum. "It requires strong connections between the service and the learning objectives of the course, students meeting a community need, and structured reflection," Barber said.
During the recent workshop, the Service-Learning Scholars led participants through the hour-long session by highlighting what students need to know about service-learning, exploring strategies to interest and engage peers in the pedagogy, and discussing the best ways to provide and foster student leadership in service-learning.
"This workshop was highly interactive and provided concrete tools that participants could take back to their own campuses," Barber said. "It was great to see Norwich students bring together peers from across the state and engage them in a dialogue on student leadership in service-learning."
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