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University students and faculty showcase engagement work with the community


block_n-6886425-9407676Students at the University of Nevada, Reno will share the impact from their service-learning and community research experiences this academic year and how their work, in connection with local non-profits, impacted both their own learning and specific community issues at the first University Engagement Showcase. The showcase provides a platform for students and faculty to share their experiences working with community partners and agencies throughout the school year.

“Service-learning is a teaching practice that integrates academic knowledge, community action and personal reflection,” Marlene Rebori, director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement, said. “Our office facilitates meaningful community-based learning experiences to provide ‘hands-on’ opportunities that engage students in the community. We connect and integrate the campus, classroom and community by facilitating partnerships, assessing learning and tracking impact.”
WHAT: Fostering a diverse community of people and a marketplace of ideas, the University’s Engagement Showcase will feature students and faculty who have had meaningful experiences with community partners as part of their coursework at the University. Students and faculty will present their service-learning and civic-engagement experiences allowing others to glean insight into their learnings. Community partners will also be present to discuss their experiences.
WHO: More than 50 students, faculty and community organizations will showcase their work.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 24
WHERE: The Joe Crowley Student Union, Milt Glick Ballroom, 1664, N. Virginia Street, Reno.
HOW:  Though often compared to internships or volunteerism, service-learning and civic engagement differs significantly in that community partners serve as co-educators. Community partners offer students a valuable venue to connect course concepts to community needs. Through the process of reflective activities, students benefit from critically thinking about their work in the community and how it ties back to what they are studying in the classroom.

The event is a partnership between The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, the Joe Crowley Student Union, Associated Students of the University of Nevada and numerous faculty members at the University.

The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement supports and assists faculty, students and community partners in making academic service-learning a part of coursework. Community partners serve as co-educators and offer students a valuable venue to connect course concepts to community needs.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: An awards ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. where students will be honored for their work in service-learning.

MEDIA PARKING: Media can park in the metered parking spots in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union or in the Silver 16 parking area, the lot behind Lombardi Recreation.
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