Day of Service Marks Start of Barry Founders’ Week
Neighborhood beautification, school upkeep, and other projects planned for this Saturday will “demonstrate attention to place-based community engagement,” the organizers say.
Founders’ Day of Service signals the start of Barry Founders’ Week 2021. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members will take part in collaborative service projects in the community, near the main campus. On campus, a group of youngsters will serve in the Barry Urban Garden (BUG).
The community project sites are the Hubert O. Sibley K–8 Academy, Gratigny Elementary School, Cristo Rey School, Stanton Memorial Baptist Church, and Sinai Plaza Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Stanton Memorial and Cristo Rey are located in La Paloma, the unincorporated neighborhood adjacent to the city of North Miami.
Founders’ Week honors the spirit of Barry’s founders and celebrates a longstanding tradition of service. This will be the university’s third annual Founders’ Day of Service.
The group who will serve in the BUG will do so under the aegis of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, a Barry community partner.
Place-Based Community Engagement
The 2021–2026 Strategic Plan for Community Engagement calls for the adoption of a “place-based” approach to community engagement within an “anchor institution” framework. This approach requires a long-term institutional commitment to mutually beneficially campus–community partnerships, with emphasis on clearly defined geographic areas.
In the strategic plan, the Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) says a focus on place-based initiatives is expected to contribute to the vibrancy of the neighborhoods near the university’s main campus in Miami Shores.
- Volunteer registration for Founders’ Day of Service remains underway.
- For further information, contact the CCSI at email@example.com.