How Can MSU Faculty & Instructors Develop Community Partnerships?
The MSU Center for Service-Learning & Civic Engagement recently launched its Community Engaged Learning Faculty Development Workshop & Consultation Series. Our goal is to better equip faculty and instructors with quality practices of teaching community engaged learning. Because one of our most sought-after services is matchmaking between faculty/instructors & community organizations, we kicked off the series with a presentation on “Developing and Sustaining Community Partnerships”.
After deciding the answer to the question of “Is community engaged learning appropriate for my class?” is yes, the next step is to find and develop a partnership with a local community group or organization which aligns with your course learning objectives. For those unfamiliar with the Greater Lansing area or community work in general, finding a community partner can seem like a daunting task. Yet, it is only the beginning in the partnership process.
Developing a university-community partnership takes time and commitment. Listening to community partners is also an essential agreement in the partnership development process. To get started in learning more about developing partnerships, check out our Service-Learning Toolkit (pages 13-16). The toolkit offers many tips and resources on how to explore community partner organizations and initiate partnerships.
Want to learn more about how we can support you in developing partnerships for your community engaged learning course?
For any additional questions or concerns, please contact Christie Schichtel @ 353-4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your service,
Christie Schichtel, Academic Specialist
Center for Service-Learning & Civic Engagement