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Service-learning student touts connections made in “best class ever”

VCU News round-up features Anna Mitchell and her experience at Live Art A ground-breaking program offered by local arts non-profit, the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Over the past several years, LIVE ART has invited VCU students to work as interns for the program through […]

Taking Science Out of the Classroom

Dr. Marcia Winter and the VCU-CMoR Partnership  If there’s one thing Dr. Marcia Winter knows, it’s that there is a lot we can learn from children. Winter, assistant professor of developmental psychology, is passionate about studying child development and “taking the science out of the classroom” so that families can apply it to their own […]

Service-learning on steroids! CreateAthon returns to in-person collaboration

(CreateAthon students present a proposal to the leadership of Slyderz Baseball, a local youth-development nonprofit) The somewhat generic-sounding course title “Nonprofit Project Development” hides the true nature of one of VCU’s more popular service-learning courses. More commonly known as CreateAthon@VCU, this Mass Communication class culminates in a 24-hour frenzy of unbridled creativity and focused service. […]

VCU Service-Learning Office publishes triennial community partner impact assessment report

The assessment aims to understand the impact of service-learning on community partner organizations in order to ensure reciprocal, mutually beneficial partnerships.

“Starting Over” series features service-learning professor, Joe Cates

This past December, VCU News started a series of stories featuring VCU students, graduates, faculty and staff “who have boldly chosen to change something in their lives.” Joe Cates, who has been a chef, a writer, and a musician on his way to becoming a professor who regularly teaches service-learning classes, was a natural choice […]

Service-learning students, staff and faculty lead coat donation drive

Thanks to a team of service-learning students and professors, more than 100 winter coats for adults and children that were donated by Virginia Commonwealth University students, faculty and staff were distributed Friday, December 10th at Southwood Apartments in South Richmond. The drive was organized by Anita Nadal, an assistant professor of Spanish in the School of […]

Leaders in experiential learning among VCU’s 2021 Distinguished Faculty

Of the faculty members honored with Distinguished Faculty Awards at the 39th Faculty Convocation on Sept. 2nd, fully half are service-learning instructors and community-engaged scholars, spotlighting the importance of experiential learning at VCU. The three honored were: Alan Dow, M.D., School of Medicine, receiving the Distinguished Teaching Award, Jeanine Guidry, Ph.D., College of Humanities and […]

A service-learning trip to Arizona benefits students and the migrant community at Casa Alitas.

Valentina Selnick-Escobar never expected to see such poignant memorials on the border wall separating the United States and Mexico when she began a service-learning trip to Tucson, Arizona, with VCU assistant professor Anita Nadal.  “We went to the border on the last day of our trip and it was surreal to see the wall in person,” said […]

Helping the Hispanic Community in the Midst of the Pandemic

Students in the VCU service-learning course Hispanic Immigrants in the U.S. are continuing to make a difference. How do you continue to support the Hispanic community during the pandemic? For Virginia Commonwealth University students in Anita Nadal’s service-learning course Hispanic Immigrants in the U.S., it’s a question they tackled throughout 2020.  “Many service-learning courses were canceled […]

For VCU Education Major, Connecting at Carver Elementary Provides Lasting Memories, Future Preparation

By Jenny Pedraza, APR  If you ask Alexis Mitchell, ’21, a Virginia Commonwealth University liberal studies in elementary education major, what it takes to succeed while working with the community, she says, “build connections with people, put yourself in their shoes and always keep their situation in mind before making decisions.”  Mitchell has worked in […]

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