In May a group of fifteen UConn LSAMP students traveled to Peru to build ten functioning solar heating panels for showers in a small village of Luquina on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The students spent five days and four nights in Luquina building solar panels, and they spent every available moment working to complete their goal of ten panels for ten homes. Each home presented its own group of challenges that the students had to overcome with the help of the local people and mentoring of Robert Erickson, an engineer for Pratt & Whitney.
For more on this service learning adventure see the full post on LSAMP. More photos are published in a July 7 post at UConn Today.
Launched initially in 2001 and reconfigured in 2003, the University of Connecticut Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholars Program is part of an alliance of New England institutions that received funding through the National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen the preparation, representation, and success of historically under-represented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In addition to the University of Connecticut, the alliance includes the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Northeastern University, the University of Rhode Island, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
The Office of Public Engagement now has a FaceBook page and is in conversation on Twitter. For the latest on UConn Engagement, Service Learning, UCC and NE UACSC make sure to visit often, like the page, share with friends and add your comments.
For the 2015-2016 academic year, the UConn Reads Steering Committee has selected the following theme: “Race in America.” This particular frame is both provocative and poignant, especially when set adjacent various current events (like Ferguson, Baltimore, and #blacklivesmatter) and situated within the context of several significant anniversaries, which include the fiftieth anniversaries of the March on Selma and the subsequent passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 2015 is also the fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which removed – for the first time in U.S. history — race-based, nation-based quotas from immigration law. The committee welcomes your nominations, which can be submitted through the following link by August 1, 2015:
The University of Connecticut’s UConn Reads program has been created to bring together the University community – from students, faculty, and staff to alumni and friends of UConn, as well as citizens of Connecticut – for a far-reaching and engaging dialogue centered on a book suggested by the community.
Each summer, Husky Programs at the Center for Public Health and Health Policy, offer a paid internship for UConn undergraduate students. Husky Scholars (interns) act as role models and mentors by developing lessons and sharing healthy eating and physical activity messages to participants in underserved areas throughout Connecticut. Interns deliver education to participants across the lifespan using lessons from the Husky Reads, Husky Nutrition and Healthy Aging programs. Click here for more information: http://www.publichealth.uconn.edu/husky-scholars.html.
Husky Programs have presented at several engagement Symposia and are past recipients of Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Engagement.
In the Spring ’15 issue of UConn Magazine, the article Paying It Forward, provides a graphic glimpse of the statistics for Community Service at UConn and the many ways that UConn students, faculty and staff give back to the community.
EHC! has partnered with Share Our Strength in the CT No Kid Hungry campaign in ending childhood hunger in the state by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like Summer Meals. Through the support of Sodexo Foundation and in collaboration with EHC!, Share Our Strength has created a program to involve college-aged Youth Ambassadors in the fight against childhood hunger. Youth Ambassadors will be working to improve access to Summer Meals programs by:
Working with community leaders, elected officials, and other partners to increase awareness of the free Summer Meals program.
Managing the Summer Meals website, social media, and statewide Summer Meals site data.
Organizing Summer Meals outreach events in multiple regions in the state. This includes leading community outreach efforts, volunteer recruitment, and volunteer management.
Visiting Summer Meals sites to collect stories and best practices.
Youth Ambassadors will receive a stipend of no more than $1500 plus a potential bonus of $500.
Across Connecticut this fall, during the 3rd week of October, students, faculty and staff at all of the state’s public higher education institutions will be engaging in good works.
The week-long series of public service activities initiated by the public colleges and universities around the state, culminating in “National Make a Difference Day” on October 25th, will highlight the diverse number of community involvement efforts ongoing throughout the year that promote civic engagement, develop students’ citizenship skills, forge community partnerships and integrate service learning and volunteering at these education institutions.
This specific week in October was chosen as the national spotlight is already focused on the “National Make a Difference Day” campaign to celebrate and promote interest in volunteering and public service on campuses nationwide.
Connecticut’s public service week is designed to showcase the commitment of the state’s public higher education institutions and organizations to a wide range of service activities and how students go beyond their institutions and classrooms, and give back to their communities and the people they serve.
During the week of October 19 through October 25, volunteers will be engaged in more than 50 events statewide to highlight the mission of public service to serve the common good in committed and sustainable service. These examples will also underscore the importance of engagement and volunteer service for the participants in work and life, now as students, and in the future for their careers, whether in the private or public sector.