UW-Whitewater Community Based Learning Newsletter

CBL Coordinator's Letter

Welcome to the inaugural edition of UWW’s Community Based Learning (CBL) Newsletter!  

It is an honor to have the opportunity to work to support you in your efforts to incorporate service learning and community based research in your courses.  As a long-time practitioner of service learning in my own Spanish language and civilization courses, I am excited to share my experience with you in my new role as Community Based Learning Coordinator, as well as learn from your work in this area.  My primary goal is to support your CBL work and to help you find the resources you need to successfully integrate this pedagogy in a way that serves your course objectives.  Each month, we will be sharing CBL News with you and highlighting resources and professional development opportunities you might find useful.  To that end, I’d like to share some exciting developments with you:

  • The School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education has provided one part-time graduate assistant to support campus-wide CBL work. Courtney Stewart (StewartCM07@uww.edu) is available to support you, so please contact her with questions and suggestions!
  • We have been busy organizing several professional development opportunities for you (see CBL News and Announcements below), including several that will be held during the Spring 2017 semester.  Please mark your calendars for Spring!
    • February 9, 2017:  CBL Community Agency Tour (3:30-7:30pm)
    • March 9, 2017:  CBL Community Breakfast (8:30-10am)
    • April, 2017 (date TBA):  CBL LEARN Workshop on CBL and Inclusive Excellence
  •  UWW has two new resources to support CBL.  Please check back regularly for updates and new content:  
  • In addition to a wealth of resources on service-learning and community based resources, the CBL also includes dictionaries of CBL practitioners at UWW and a list of potential community partners to help you create valuable collaborations both on and off campus. If you would like help creating those connections, just fill out the following form and we will contact you. 

These are works progress and we value your feedback and input.  As with all CBL work on campus, our primary goal is to serve YOU, so please let us know what types of events, resources, and connections would be most helpful. 

In service,
Jodie Parys
Community Based Learning Coordinator

CBL News and Announcements

  • The Fall 2016 Community Breakfast was held on October 20. Dr. Giuliana Miolo, Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders discussed her experience with CBL. Mixed group discussions focused on learning and research partnerships and resources needed to assist with future projects. Please see October 2016 for the handouts and discussion summary.
  • The Fall CBL LEARN Center Workshop was held on November 29. Workshop presenters shared models of successful community partnerships in data analysis. 
  • The 2017 Community Based Learning Fellows Program will get underway in January, 2017.  The cohort of 10 CBL practitioners from across campus will participate in bi-monthly seminars focused on best practices, while developing a new CBL component to launch during fall 2017.  Stay tuned for more updates from the group, as well as opportunities to participate in related events.

Spotlight on CBL @ UWW

Dr. Jonah Ralston, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science,  discusses his partnership with the Fort Atkinson School District, mentoring a student researcher, and how community-based learning has influenced his work as this month’s member highlight on the CBL website. See Spotlight on CBL on the website.

Recommended Reading

The CBL Bibliography features new articles written by UWW staff and outside CBL resources. It is updated monthly.

Partnership Opportunities

  • Studio 84 is a non-profit organization that specializes in the creative development of people with disabilities. They provide training in art as well as the retail skills & opportunities needed to sell their work. Volunteers assist the artists with their projects as needed. Volunteers also assist in keeping the studio space tidy. Community-based learning partnerships are needed in helping to organize fundraisers, assist in maintaining the store, and other areas as needed.
  • Website: studio84inc.org

Upcoming Events

CBL Community Tour

The UW-Whitewater spring Community Tour will be held on Thursday, February 9th from 3:30-7:30. More information will be provided in the future. Please check Faculty Resources for updates on the locations for the tour.  Contact Courtney if you would like to be added to the invitation list.

CBL Community Breakfast

The UW-Whitewater spring Community Breakfast will be held on Thursday, March 9th from 8:30-10:00.  This networking breakfast will give you the opportunity to meet community agency partners and discuss potential collaborations.  More information will be provided in the future. Please check Faculty Resources for updates on the locations for the tour.  Contact Courtney if you would like to be added to the invitation list.

2017 IMPACT Conference

The largest national gathering of student leaders, administrators, faculty and nonprofit staff committed to engaging students in service, activism, politics, advocacy, and other socially responsible work will be held on February 16-19, 2017 at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Please see impactconference.org for more details.

2017 Civic Engagement Institute

The annual Wisconsin Campus Compact Civic Engagement Institute will be held in Green Bay, WI at member institution Northeast WI Technical College on Friday, April 7, 2016.

Funding & Grant Opportunities

  • The School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education announced the Engaged Scholarship Grants to support pilot initiatives that establish or enhance UW-Whitewater relationships with community partners in Southeastern Wisconsin for the purpose of addressing critical regional needs.
  • The Home Depot Foundation offers grants up to $5,000 to public service agencies that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Applications are due December 31st, 2016.
  • The Spencer Foundation welcomes proposals for field-initiated grants from a wide variety of fields on a virtually unlimited range of topics and issues related to education with rolling deadlines. The ‘field-initiated’ approach to grantmaking relies on researchers themselves to determine the most important issues to pursue.


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