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Campus Democracy Project Committee Expanded


The organizing committee membership for Barry’s Campus Democracy Project (CDP) has been expanded and co-chairs have been named. The 10 members represent departments in four divisions – Academic Affairs, Institutional Advancement and External Affairs, Mission and Institutional Effectiveness, and Student Affairs.


Co-chaired by Christina Leaño, associate director of the Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI), and Dr. Sean Foreman, associate professor of political science, the CDP Organizing Committee also includes Elizabeth Besade (External and Government Affairs), Dr. Laura Finley (Sociology and Criminology), Dr. Pamela Hall (Psychology), Elaine Jahnsen (Center for Student Involvement), Greta Moncayo (Mission Engagement), Leslie Redmond (Student Government Association), Dr. Sandra Roberts (Adult and Continuing Education), and Dr. Guillermo Wated (Psychology).


The CDP Organizing Committee promotes civic engagement through civic learning/political education and participation in the electoral process. The committee is charged with coordinating the institutionalization of voter registration at Barry.


The CDP was a cosponsor of the recent Constitution Day event.



Another course gets service-learning designation


The Service-Learning Course Review Committee has approved a new course, SW 323: Service Learning and Social Work Practice, for the service-learning designation. Dr. Mitchell Rosenwald, an associate professor of social work, submitted the application to the committee.


The committee uses seven criteria to determine whether specific courses should be formally designated as service-learning. Among the criteria: the syllabus must show direct and deliberate connections between the assigned community service and the course content, and it must indicate how these connections will support or enhance student learning. Also, the community agency or service site must be appropriate to the course goals. Other criteria include a minimum number of community service hours and a required percentage of the course grade for the service-learning component.


SW 323, which will be taught for the first time in spring 2014, will require 45 hours of service, well above the 10-hour minimum.



Faculty workshops scheduled for Oct. 15, 17


The CCSI will host two workshops for faculty in October. The first, on October 15 (4:00-5:30), will be “Service-Learning 101” while the second, on October 17 (noon-1:30), will be on community-based research. Both will be held in Adrian 208.


For further information and to register, send an e-mail (with “Workshop” in the subject line) to service@barry.edu or gbowen@barry.edu.



Service Opportunities



·        September 26: Listeners Volunteer Training

·        September 27: 2013 Miami-Dade Walk to End Alzheimer's

·        September 28: H.O.P.E. in Miami Beach



Listeners Volunteer Training
Tuesday, October 8 | 9:00 AM – Noon | Pinecrest Elementary School, 10250 SW 57th Avenue, Miami, FL 33156


Miami-Dade County Public Schools is seeking English- or Spanish-speaking adults to act as "listeners or sounding boards to make a difference in the life of a child." A Listener is a supportive special adult – not a fixer, rescuer, or advisor. The goal of the Listener is to join the student’s world without judgment. Listeners are not expected to solve the student’s problems. The Listener is there to help build a student’s positive self-esteem and empower the student to develop problem-solving skills.

To learn more about becoming a Listener and to register for Listener Volunteer Training, call 305-935-0045 or email lori@listenersprogram.org.



2013 Miami-Dade Walk to End Alzheimer's

Saturday, October 12 ¦ 5:30 AM – 1:00 PM ¦ Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125


The Alzheimer's Assoication, Southeast Florida Chapter is looking for volunteers to help us with our Miami-Dade WALK To End Alzheimer's at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. Tasks include: 5:30 am to 9:00 am Walk Day Setup Crew Set Up: Registration, Booths, Stage, Hang Banners Balloons: Blowup and put on Walk Route, Stage and Tent Village Signs & Banners: Mark and set up Route Signs (Neighborhood & Directional), Site & Walk Route Banners Water Stations: Set up Water Station Signs, Tables, Chairs, Ice, Chests and Water 7:00 am to 12:00 noon On Call Crew Coffee Booth Children’s Craft Tent Fruit Booth Promise Flowers Juice Booth Memories Made Retail Shop Pastry Booth Walk Registrat...

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The Alzheimer's Association, Southeast Florida Chapter is looking for volunteers to help with the Miami-Dade Walk to End Alzheimer's at Marlins Park in Miami. Volunteer tasks include set-up, registration, marketing, children’s craft tent operation, water station and course monitoring, and cleanup.


Walk Volunteers help to accomplish essential tasks and interact with Walkers to make this a great experience. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, contact Riunite Carter, Volunteer Manager, at 561-967-0047 orrcarter@alz.org.



H.O.P.E. in Miami Beach

Saturday, October 12 ¦ 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM ¦ 500 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139


H.O.P.E. in Miami Beach is a nonprofit organization working to reduce homelessness since 2002. The H.O.P.E. Homeless Events on South Beach provide practical assistance and support to the homeless, including breakfast, lunch, clothing, shoes, nutritional products, hygiene products, haircuts, first aid, and legal identifications.


The next H.O.P.E. event will be on Saturday, October 12, from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at the Miami Beach Community Church.


To learn more about volunteering, contact the H.O.P.E Volunteer Department at 305-220-3467 or email hopeinmiamibeach@aol.com.


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