Community Engagement News
Community Engagement News August 25, 2023
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS FOR NEW ACADEMIC YEAR INCLUDE FIVE MAJOR DAYS OF SERVICE
On International Coastal Cleanup Day last year, more than 60 Barry volunteers—students, faculty, and staff members—participated in a large-scale project at the Virginia Key Beach Park, contributing to ocean health. – CCSI file photos
Five major days of service are on the community engagement calendar for the 2023–2024 academic year, and an advocacy project is planned for the Saturday immediately preceding Thanksgiving Day.
Plans are being finalized for International Coastal Cleanup Day, September 16. It will be Ocean Conservancy’s 38th annual event, the world’s largest one-day volunteer effort to protect oceans and waterways.
The second Saturday of October is Barry’s Food Security Day. The community service project slated for October 14 will engage volunteers in addressing the issue of food insecurity in South Florida.
As part of Barry Founders’ Week, collaborative service projects will be implemented
Five major days of service are on the community engagement calendar. The first is International Coastal Cleanup Day and the last is Sustainability Saturday. Food Security Day is the second Saturday of October.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Barry is a special opportunity for students to support the advancement of the university’s commitment to social justice through collaborative service in disadvantaged communities. The day of service is set for January 20.
Sustainability Saturday is an annual day of service in April. Barry employees and students are invited to “uphold the sacredness of Earth” by supporting a community-based service project—slated for April 20—that contributes to environmental health.
Students completing the community service requirement of service-learning courses will be among those taking part in projects on the major days of service. Other participants will include faculty and staff volunteers as well as alumni representatives.
Major Days of Service
- International Coastal Cleanup Day: Saturday, September 16, 2023
- Food Security Day: Saturday, October 14, 2023
- Founders’ Day of Service: Saturday, November 11, 2023
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: Saturday, January 20, 2024
- Sustainability Saturday: Saturday, April 20, 2024
Bread for the World’s Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation is scheduled for November 18, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Thompson 230. This event will include an antihunger advocacy project.
Mutual Benefits of Federal Work-Study Community Service Emphasized to Community Partners
Dr. Tamara Hamilton, professor of chemistry (left), tells community partners about the Community Science Academy (CSA). Some students participate in the Federal Work-Study Community Service Program through the CSA. During the orientation and training sessions for community partners, representatives of the CCSI and the Department of Human Resources explained various elements of the program. – Photos by Glenn Bowen
Barry University’s Federal Work-Study (FWS) Community Service Program helps local nonprofit organizations build capacity for program and service delivery while providing students with valuable work experience.
The mutual benefits of the program were emphasized during orientation and training sessions for community partners on August 8 and 10.
Representatives of local nonprofit organizations and schools came to campus to participate in FWS Community Service orientation and training as the university gets ready for the 2023–2024 academic year. They learned that the program offers additional human resources and the opportunity to inject new energy, enthusiasm, and perspectives into the organizations’ work.
FWS Community Service is integrated with the Barry Service Corps (BSC), a civic engagement program of the Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI).
The BSC supports students in applying their knowledge and skills in organizational and community settings. The program fosters commitment to service by providing meaningful opportunities for students to support the work of local agencies and institutions addressing social and educational challenges.
BSC members are expected to develop interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and other career-related skills.
Representatives of Barry’s Department of Human Resources pictured at one of the orientation sessions for FWS Community Service supervisors. From left are Geneva Alexis, Dora Delgado, and AnaMaria Rodriguez. – Photo by Glenn Bowen
The Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) hosted two orientation and training sessions for community partners—previous and prospective FWS Community Service supervisors.
The CCSI coordinates FWS Community Service in partnership with the university’s Human Resources and Financial Aid departments.
AnaMaria Rodriguez, representing the Student Employment Office in the Department of Human Resources, outlined FWS policies and procedures and answered questions from community partners. She stressed that supervisors serve as the primary facilitators of professional development and learning opportunities for student employees.
Emmanuel Ikpuri, program facilitator for FWS Community Service, explained the program coordination processes.
Dr. Tamara Hamilton, professor of chemistry, told community partners about the Community Science Academy (CSA), an initiative of Barry’s College of Arts and Sciences. Some students participate in the Federal Work-Study Community Service Program through the CSA.
In all, 21 representatives of 15 organizations and schools took part in the FWS Community Service orientation and training.
Community Service Placements Available to Students Eligible for Federal Work-Study
Community service positions are available to students who are eligible for Federal Work-Study (FWS). Students who accept such positions are enrolled 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. While serving the community through nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and local government agencies, members develop interpersonal, communication, teamwork, and other career-related skills.
The Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) manages the FWS Community Service Program in partnership with the Financial Aid and Human Resources departments. The CCSI’s approach to the program is based on interdivisional and campus–community collaboration.
For further information, contact the FWS Community Service Program facilitator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DELIBERATIVE DIALOGUE: The first Deliberative Dialogue forum for the 2023–2024 academic year will take place on September 20. The forum is titled “End of Affirmative Action: Beginning of ‘DEI’ Demise?”
CAMPUS DEMOCRACY PROJECT: As part of Barry’s Campus Democracy Project (CDP), various “civic holidays” will be observed during the fall semester. And several forums are on the schedule of CDP events for the academic year.