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Community Engagement Community Engagement News January 3, 2022
Barry University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is January 15
Barry University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is Saturday, January 15. Participants will contribute to urban gardening, support school projects, and assist with neighborhood beautification.
Students, faculty and staff members, alumni, and community members will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with service projects and related activities benefiting historically marginalized communities.
The theme for this year, inspired by one of Dr. King’s speeches, is “Taking the First Steps Towards Justice.”
Activities include a post-service lunch celebration presented as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Africana Studies Program. The celebration will feature live music and dancing.
Volunteers on Barry’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2021 included students and administrators.
Each year, on the Saturday immediately preceding MLK Day, Barry volunteers honor the late civil rights leader’s life and legacy by participating in a day of service. A federal holiday, MLK Day is the third Monday of January.
MLK Day of Service will be the first of two major days of service at Barry this semester, the second being Sustainability Saturday in April. Registration, through GivePulse, for MLK Day of Service is required.
Deadline for Submission of Community Engagement Awards Nominations is Friday, January 28
The deadline for the submission of nominations for Barry’s Ninth Annual Community Engagement Awards is January 28. Students, faculty, and staff members, as well as community partners, are invited to submit nominations by the deadline.
The primary purpose of the awards is to publicly recognize students, faculty, staff/administrators, departments, and community partners for their participation, contributions, and achievements in various areas of community engagement. Each award is designed to encourage excellence in university–community collaboration and to inspire similar achievements by others.
Nominations will be accepted in seven categories: Community Impact, Community Partnership, Community-Based Research, Community-Engaged Scholarship, Community Engagement Educator, Service-Learning Faculty, and Engaged Department.
- The Community Impact Award is presented to individual students and student organizations for exemplary civic engagement—including service, research, and advocacy—that has a measurable impact on the community.
- The Community Partnership Award recognizes exemplary partnerships between university and community constituencies that produce measurable improvements in people’s lives while enhancing higher education.
- The Community-Based Research Award is presented to scholars (faculty members and/or students) who conduct rigorous research with community partners in response to community concerns, issues, or needs.
- The Community-Engaged Scholarship Award is given to faculty members in recognition of significant scholarly work across the faculty roles of teaching, research, and service that addresses community issues.
- The Community Engagement Educator Award honors administrators and faculty member for significant contributions to the institutionalization or enhancement of community engagement at Barry University.
- The Service-Learning Faculty Award goes to faculty members for exemplary integration of community-based or community-focused collaborative service into the curriculum.
- The Engaged Department Award is presented to departments for achievements in advancing the community engagement goals of the university, educating students for civic and social responsibility, and improving community life.
The Community Engagement Awards Ceremony is scheduled for the last Wednesday of March. Additional information and the nomination forms are available at the CCSI website.
Proposals for Presentations at Community Engagement Symposium Should be Submitted by January 28
The Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) invites students, faculty, staff, and community partners to submit proposals for presentations at Barry University’s Eighth Annual Community Engagement Symposium. The submission deadline is Friday, January 28.
Proposals should address the theme of the Symposium, “Effectively Balancing Community Impact with Student Learning Outcomes.”
- Presentation Format: The presentation must be either audiovisual or in a poster format.
- Student Learning Outcomes: The learning outcomes of the course, program, or project must be listed in the proposal.
- Community Impact: The impact of the course, program, or project on the community—community partner, agency clients, and/or residents—must be described.
- Participant Engagement: A brief statement of how the presentation will engage attendees must be included.
- Abstract: An abstract of approximately 80 words must be included in the proposal.
- Submission Deadline: Proposals for 50-minute presentations should be submitted by January 28.
All proposals will be evaluated by peer reviewers.
The session proposal form is available at the CCSI website and from Dr. Glenn Bowen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Facilitator for Federal Work-Study Community Service Program
Emmanuel Ikpuri (left) succeeds Brittney Morales as program facilitator for Federal Work-Study (FWS) Community Service in the CCSI. Students participating in FWS Community Service comprise the bulk of the membership of the Barry Service Corps.
The Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) has a new facilitator for the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Community Service Program.
Doctor of Education student Emmanuel Ikpuri will facilitate the recruitment and placement of students in FWS positions with community partners. As part of that process, he will work closely with a staff member in the Department of Human Resources.
Ikpuri earned his master’s in education, policy, and society at Cardiff University in Wales, United Kingdom. Also holding a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma in Law from the University of Benin, Nigeria, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational leadership with a specialization in higher education administration in Barry’s Adrian Dominican School of Education.
Students participating in FWS Community Service comprise the greater part of the membership of the Barry Service Corps. A former Barry Service Corps Fellow, Ikpuri succeeds Brittney Morales, who completed a dual master’s degree in counseling at Barry in December.
The CCSI manages FWS Community Service in partnership with the Office of Financial Aid and the Department of Human Resources. The CCSI’s approach to the program is based on interdivisional and campus–community collaboration and involves the full integration of FWS Community Service into Barry’s strategic plan for community engagement. As part of the plan, the CCSI enrolls all participating students in the Barry Service Corps.
The Barry Service Corps is a civic engagement initiative that supports students in applying civic and academic learning to real-world problems. Members develop interpersonal, teamwork, and other career-related skills while serving the community.
“Through the program,” Ms. Morales said, “I was able to assist and mentor well over 100 students, who gave back to the community.” She noted that students were particularly grateful for her assistance with the preparation of their resumes and the development of skills for job interviews.
“I am grateful to have served diverse populations through my internships and my position at the CCSI,” Ms. Morales said. “I hold this program dear to her heart. … I have been changed for the better through this work, and people I’ve worked with, in this department.”
CCSI Executive Director Dr. Glenn Bowen thanked Ms. Morales for her “outstanding service to students and the community” through the program.
Beth Allen Appointed to Advisory Board of Casa Familia, a Barry Community Partner
Casa Familia has appointed Beth Allen, wife of Barry University President Dr. Mike Allen, to its Advisory Board.
A vice president and actuary with USI Consulting Group, Mrs. Allen also serves as the parent representative of the Educational Excellence School Advisory Council for Robert Renick School in Miami Gardens.
In its announcement, Casa Familia referred to the Allens as “enthusiastic supporters of Casa Familia since relocating to Florida in 2019.”
A Barry community partner, Casa Familia, Inc. is a nonprofit organization "dedicated to creating sustainable, enriched and affordable housing opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in a community setting."
Copies of BarryEngage are available from the CCSI.
Contact Emmanuel Ikpuri, Federal Work-Study Community Service Program facilitator, in the CCSI at email@example.com.
SERVICE-LEARNING MODULES: Faculty may assign students to service-learning projects through this semester’s service-learning/civic engagement modules.
SYMPOSIUM POSTER COMPETITION: The CCSI will host a Community Engagement Poster Competition as part of Barry’s Eighth Annual Community Engagement Symposium.
FACULTY MEMBERS CONTRIBUTE TO JOURNAL: Several faculty members have contributed to the latest issue of an international journal focused on community engagement research.