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Monday April 1
“Food – food access, food quality, food production – is one of the defining issues of this generation.” Forsyth County ranks as one of the highest for childhood hunger in the nation and the causes and consequences are complex – hunger needs to be addressed through the lens of every discipline. Speakers will share about opportunities for engaging students to think critically about hunger and initiate action to bring about change.
Dr. Mark Jensen, Associate Professor, School of Divinity, and his colleagues, noting the rise of food-related challenges such as hunger, obesity, food access, and ecological damage from agriculture, established the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative to equip leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead their congregations and communities around food issues. Together with Dr. Sara Quandt he teaches “Faith, Food Justice and Local Communities.”
March 20th, 2013 | News
Wake Forest has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The University is one of 28 schools in North Carolina to be recognized for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
January 4th, 2013 | News
The Institute for Public Engagement promotes engaged teaching that fosters critical thinking, gives each student a voice, and encourages students to engage with issues affecting the Wake Forest community and the community beyond.
Within the broader concept of engaged teaching is the recognized pedagogy of service-learning, usually involving direct service to meet community needs. Other forms of engaged teaching may not involve such service but nevertheless engage students in the process of identifying and understanding community issues.
The purpose of this discussion series is to afford faculty the opportunity to share their ideas, challenges, and rewards relating to engaged teaching and to be of mutual inspiration in an enjoyable, informal setting.
The Institute is proud to announce its Spring 2013 Lunch Discussion Series to be held in Reynolda Hall Room 301 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on
Monday February 4
Topic: Engaged Teaching relating to Systemic Social Change.
Description: “Systemic social change delves behind immediate problems, involves new ways of applying resources to underlying causes and results in tangible and enduring benefits.” Skoll Foundation. Faculty will share best practices to engage students to think critically and initiate action to bring about systemic change.
Potential Speakers: Stephen Boyd (Religion) , Peter Gilbert (Documentary Film), Mark Wilson (Public Health/Translational Science)
Monday March 4
Topic: Engaging Students to Think Critically
Description: Featured Faculty will share how they encourage students to think critically (analyze, assess, reconstruct) as part of teaching in their respective disciplines.
Potential Speakers: Cindy Gendrich (Theatre), Paul Thacker (Anthropology), Gloria Muday (Biology), Hana Brown (Sociology)
Monday April 1
Topic: Engaging about Hunger – a Topic for Every Discipline
Description: Hunger can (and should) be addressed through the lens of every discipline – Forsyth County ranks as one of the highest for childhood hunger in the nation and the causes and consequences are complex. Speakers will share their ideas and best practices for engaging students to think critically about hunger and initiate action to bring about change.
Potential Speakers: Grace Wetzel (English), Sara Quandt (Translational Science food justice), Mark Jensen (Divinity), Shelley Graves (Campus Life – Campus Kitchens)
Join us by registering for one or more sessions at http://pdc.wfu.edu/events/1242/ .
Lunch will be served!
December 20th, 2012 | News
This month, the Community Law & Business Clinic will complete its fourth year as part of the Wake Forest University School of Law. Over this short time, the Clinic has had a marked impact on our students, clients and community and as we end the year I would like to highlight some of the work that was accomplished this last year and pass along a few notes about 2013.
Practice and Impact – The Clinic provides an interdisciplinary forum for law, business and divinity students to work on community economic development projects across North Carolina. We work in four practice areas - Nonprofit Law and Capacity Building; Small Business Development; ARTSLaw; and Foreclosure Defense.
28 students participated in the Clinic during 2012 and assisted 148 clients with projects in one of our four practice areas. These students provided more than 5,000 hours of pro bono professional services to targeted needs in our community. 31 families facing foreclosure were assisted by the Clinic in 2012. Since 2009, 133 students have practiced in the Community Law Clinic and have worked on more than 600 individual matters for small businesses, nonprofits, artists and families facing foreclosure. This represents more than 23,500 hours of pro bono professional service, equaling an in-kind investment of more than $2.9 million in our community. Moreover, this investment is targeted to local community economic development efforts leading to even greater impact. By any measure, the Community Law & Business Clinic is having a significant impact with our students and across our community.
Going Forward – The Community Law & Business Clinic will undergo several significant changes during 2013. While continuing our core practice areas within Community Economic Development, the ARTSLaw practice will expand to serve more artists and arts based nonprofits. This is in response to the increasing interest in arts-based economic development in North Carolina. Also, an additional practice area will be added to advise clients who are assembling capital for community development efforts, a growing need in the increasingly entrepreneurial world of social ventures. Both of these developments will be described in depth in the clinic’s revised website, which will launch in mid January 2013.
Finally, as part of the School of Law’s overall strategy to locate clinics within Worrell Hall, the Community Law & Business Clinic will relocate to the Wake Forest campus during the summer of 2013. The move presents both a challenge and an opportunity for enhancing our practice and more information will be available this spring.
As we close 2012, I look forward to another successful year that matches our students with needs in our community. As always, I appreciate your insights and your input is always welcome.
All the best,
Steve Virgil, Director of Community Law & Business Clinic, Director of Institute for Public Engagement, Wake Forest University
December 20th, 2012 | News
Hana E. Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology has exciting news about students in her fall Sociology 360: Social Inequality class. Instead of having her students jump right into service learning this term, Dr. Brown decided to have them do group projects which involved researching a particular aspect of social inequality in Winston Salem, reaching out to local organizations working on the issue, and using sociological research to propose a potential project that Wake Forest students could initiate to help out.
They recently completed their final presentations for the course. ”My students did a wonderful job on all sorts of topics (gay rights, immigration, sports, secondary education, adoption, etc). But the most exciting result from the project is that the group studying health inequality actually formed a partnership with the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) through their research. MACHE is working on health access issues with local adults, and my students are joining forces with them to add a child health education component to the new MACHE program. They are starting to research grant opportunities to ensure the project has adequate funding and gets off on the right foot, and they have masterfully used the sociological research on health inequalities to identify likely barriers to implementation and possible solutions.”
Congratulates Dr. Brown for availing your students of these engaged learning opportunities and to your students for achieving a sustainable outcome!
December 17th, 2012 | News
The Institute for Public Engagement is pleased to announce its call for proposal for the Center for Community Solutions. The Center for Community Solutions is a new enterprise that builds upon the successes of IPE’s Engaged Scholarship Initiative where faculty and community partners collaborate to promote positive social change throughout Winston-Salem.
The Center for Community Solutions aims to rethink traditional academic research in an effort to better serve Winston-Salem; develop greater support for community based projects; and, foster a more cooperative environment and open lines of communication between Wake Forest’s faculty and the Winston-Salem community. Efforts are underway to hold four, Community Partners-WFU Faculty workshops during the upcoming Spring semester. Community-identified topics include: homelessness, educational child readiness, infant health and teen pregnancy.
Click on CCS 2013 Application for the full call. Interested faculty are encouraged to take part in the inaugural cohort during the Spring 2013 semester. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the CC is December 21, 2012. For more information, contact Prof. Sherri Clark or Steve Virgil
November 12th, 2012 | News
Welcome to a wonderful cohort of 2012-13 ACE Fellows and the courses in which they plan to integrate service-learning:
R. Jarrod Atchison, Director of Debate, Assistant Professor, Communication
Argumentation Theory COM 302 which focuses on civic development, leadership, critical thinking, and ethical decision making.
Margaret Bender, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Linguistic anthropology courses including Language in Education and Fields Methods.
Carole Browne, Professor, Biology
Cell Biology BIO 214.
Philip Clarke, Assistant Professor, Counseling
Undergraduate Helping Skills in Human Services Course CNS 337, Health and Human Services in a Diverse Society CNS 335
Patricia Dixon, Senior Lecturer, Music
Music and Political Power (MALS Program), Music of Protest (FYS), Music and the American Dream (FYS), Performance Chamber Music (M120)
Barbara Lentz, Associate Professor Legal Analysis, Writing & Research, Law
Art and Cultural Property law course, Business Drafting, proposed Interdisciplinary Program in Non-profit Leadership
Dee Oseroff-Varnell, Lecturer, Communication
Communication and Identity (COM 370), Public Speaking courses.
Christina Toules Soriano, Associate Professor, Theatre
Movement and the Molecular DCE 122B
Neal Walls, Associate Professor, Divinity
Service-learning in short-term international travel courses
Ron Von Burg, Assistant Professor Communication and Interdisciplinary Humanities
Public Life and the Humanities HMN 282, Humanity and Nature HMN 380.
Elisabeth Whitehead, Instructor, English
English 111 Writing Seminar for first-year students possibly focusing on bully prevention, mentoring high school students in creative writing, personal narrative, aging, politics and rhetoric of food.