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Service Learning

Service to Students, a Commitment to Excellence

The Acker Scholars Program was one of five campus programs invited to move into UB’s newest residence hall, Greiner Hall. Twenty-one Acker sophomores are currently participating in Acker L.E.A.D.S. (Leadership | Experiential Learning | Achievement | Direction | Social Justice), a newly formed Shared Interest Housing (SIH) living learning community where participants engage in service to the community, leadership development, experiential learning, and social justice advocacy.

The primary goals and objectives of the Acker L.E.A.D.S Shared Interest Housing program are to help students:

  1. Create a strong individual and class identity for sophomore students
  2. Develop a greater awareness about personal growth, values, interests, and long term academic and career goals
  3. Identify and utilize campus resources
  4. Build leadership skills
  5. Develop an awareness of social justice issues and gain an appreciation for civic engagement
  6. Serve as mentors for first year Acker Scholar students

The Acker SIH community encourages residents to reflect on the integration of leadership, service and social justice. Membership in this community requires a commitment to participating in at least 20 hours of community service, engaging in regular community reflection activities and social justice programming. Students in SIH are enrolled in a specially designed course housed in Greiner Hall entitled CPM 205-Social Justice (see below). The SIH group will also host several community service projects held several times a year. These events are open to all Acker Scholars.

Cora P. Maloney College (CPMC) Community Classes

The College offers three classes designed to teach students about leadership, social justice and service learning.

In CPM 105, taught by Acker Scholars advisor Kirkshinta Turnipseed, students take a critical look at leadership and its effect on various social issues. Students will learn skills critical to becoming a leader as well as participate and help plan community service projects that benefit the community and put these skills into practice. In addition to lectures and hands-on learning, students will view films during class. Second semester freshman Daniel Acker Scholars will receive registration preference.

CPM 205, Social Justice, taught by Dr. Letitia Thomas, offers a set of critical examinations of what is “just” for society as a whole. Social justice defines a process by which we examine the historical and current principles of “justice for all” and determine a course of action that includes a discussion of the problems, possible resolutions and the implementation of change. Social justice will be examined in terms of race, class, ethnicity, gender and religion. Course participants will investigate social justice issues in WNY with an emphasis on the key players involved as well as the social, economic and political institutions that gave rise to these dilemmas. The course includes the study of skills in analyzing power structures, formulating action strategies, historical use of conflict and persuasive tactics, challenging oppressive structures, conducting community campaigns, using political advocacy as a form of mobilizatio, and understanding contemporary social issues as they affect oppressed and disadvantaged communities. Shared Interest Housing and sophomore Daniel Acker Scholars will receive registration preference.

CPM 306, Community Resources, taught by CPMC Internship Coordinator Dr. Cathleen Morrealle, is a service learning course that will also explore current social issues. Students will learn advocacy methods on a local, national and international level and will be required to volunteer in the community as well as investigate social problems through case studies and guest speakers. This course will be open to the entire university community.

All three CPMC courses will focus on the same social problem each semester and students will be able work together to effect change in their communities. It is our hope that a sequence of courses can equip students with the leadership and critical thinking skills they will need to be productive members of a modern society.

Last updated: October 24, 2016 12:26 pm EST

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