SLCE Agenda | Saturday, November 16, 2019

8:00-9:00am   Registration & Breakfast

9:00-10:15am   Welcome & Keynote

10:30-11:30am    Program Sessions Block I

11:40am-12:40pm   Program Sessions Block II

12:50-2:05pm   Lunch

1:20-2:05pm   Formal Poster Presentations

2:15-3:15pm   Program Sessions Block III

3:25-4:15pm   Closing

4:15-5:00pm  Networking Reception

SLCE 2019 Program

Block I Presentations run from 1:30-11:30am

Assessment for Social Justice – Exploring a Way Forward
Location: Benjamin Banneker A 2212
Presenter(s): Sophie Tullier

Late in the year of 2017, a call went out over the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) listserv asking for volunteers to participate in projects related to critical approaches to assessment in Student Affairs. A small group has been collaborating on a foundational document to push the field further in the direction of aligning our social justice and equity orientations with assessment. Participants will learn about this initiative and engage in discussion offering feedback and critiques on the work and ways to improve it both in content, considerations, delivery, and practical applications.

How a Class Raised Awareness About Food Insecurity on Campus
Location: Prince George’s Room 1211
Presenter(s): Gemma Puglisi, Laura Ragusa, William “Koji” Wieber

In a recent survey, over 60 percent of students stated that they did not have enough food to eat while attending college. This panel discussion will take a look at food insecurities on campuses but will focus on the work a senior class undertook to raise awareness about their food pantry on campus–“The Market.” The panel discussion will feature the work the team did, including a panel discussion, a food drive, and fundraisers.

Impact of a First-year Service-Learning Program on Student College and Career Trajectory
Location: Juan Ramon Jimenez 2208
Presenter(s): Vanessa Negron

This panel will report the results of a study that was conducted to determine the impacts of a first-year, undergraduate, service learning-focused, living-learning community program on students’ college and career trajectories. In doing so, we hope to bring attention to the value of partnerships between universities and the community-based organizations surrounding them. These partnerships are important in encouraging student civic engagement not only throughout their college years, but further into their adulthood. Student perspectives will round out the presentation.

People in Flight: A Humanitarian Simulation
Location: Benjamin Banneker B 2211
Presenter(s): David J. Smith

In this session, students will engage in a humanitarian activity in order to experience the nature of humanitarian and peacebuilding engagement. Students will role play as humanitarian aid workers and refugees fleeing a conflict zone. The simulation will provide students with the opportunity to experience the actual work and skill sets needed by those working in complex emergencies. The Forage Center has offered a modified version of this simulation to colleges and universities around the U.S. (

Student Leadership Puts Passion to Action Within a Living Learning Community (and Beyond)
Location: Margaret Brent A 2112
Presenter(s): Fehintola Bright-Awonuga, Thomas, Southerland, Maia Parker, Rees Darminski

The Shriver Center’s Service-Learning and Community Engagement (SLCE) program at UMBC creates spaces and pathways in which students, faculty, and staff deepen understanding of community needs and assets and develop relationships with community partners to bring about positive, systemic change through a social justice and equity lens. This workshop exemplifies how student leaders put their passion to action and build community, understand differences, and identify solutions to overcome barriers. This interactive session will create an environment for participants to develop a learning community, exchange knowledge about leadership development, and how to apply it in their respective organizations/campuses.

Tough Topics: Fierce Conversations
Location: Margaret Brent B 2112
Presenter(s): Amy Engineer, Craig Slack

Do you ever struggle to engage in difficult conversations with your friends, family, and peers? This session will go over how to give and get feedback and manage relationships. We will go over The Seven Principles of Fierce Conversations and the confrontation model. After the session, participants will know how to engage in difficult conversations with others and they will know how to apply the confrontational model, using the 60 second opening statement method.

Block II Presentations run from 11:40am-12:40pm

Baltimore First and Active Citizenship: Transforming Students into Socially Cognizant Leaders
Location: Thurgood Marshall 2113
Presenter(s): Kiahna Revan, Neha Gupta, Kayla Ostrow, Allison Chen

Founded in 2017, Baltimore First is a cohort-based direct service organization focused on affecting transformative social change. It achieves this goal by establishing long-term volunteer commitments with community based organizations, where students can both actively engage with social justice issues prevalent in the city of Baltimore, and form close bonds with its residents. This exposure is continued through student-led reflections and workshops, where we provide a platform for our nearly 100 volunteers to collaboratively address social inequalities. This model is transformational and effective, as proven through feedback and surveys, in creating individuals who think critically about the service that they do and who understand its applications outside of the designated volunteer hours.

Community Based Learning and Engagement: Putting Theory to Practice to Understand Immigration and Labor in DC
Location: Prince George’s Room 1211
Presenter(s): Ludy Grandas, Virginia Garino, Laura Catania, Marcy Campos

This panel brings together a community partner, students and faculty around issues of immigration and labor in the DC area. Critical pedagogy, in which a process of inquiry, of critique but also a process of constructing are key, is very much in consonance with community based approach in which learning is critical but mostly, transformative. While we critically analyze the interconnections that exist between immigration and labor, a community partner will share her valuable experience with students who semester after semester engage with her organization. A student will speak of her experience in a CBL course, the kinds of projects, both academic and with community partner she was involved in. A faculty member will share how artivist projects provide a critical avenue to connect theory and practice.

Count Me In: Ensuring a Complete Count for the 2020 Census
Location: Margaret Brent B 2112
Presenter(s): Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, Golshan Jalali, Robert Johnson

In 2010, Prince George’s County had the largest undercount of any county in Maryland. Learn about the collaborative efforts Prince George’s County’s higher education institutions are implementing to ensure a complete count of students and community members in advance of the 2020 Census.

Creating a Quality Dialogue, Workshop, Training, or Reflection
Location: Benjamin Banneker B 2212
Presenter(s): Deborah Slosberg, Liz Middleton

Participants will take time to reflect on what makes a quality dialogue before learning two training models that can inform how they create trainings, workshops, and reflections. The first model is a big picture view to help participants explore how to approach figuring out what their participants need, how they design and develop a workshop, and how they continually evaluate their educational sessions. The second model dives into the nitty gritty of the actual structure of the workshop itself. Participants will learn the nine steps to include in an effective training and have an opportunity to brainstorm and talk to others about how to put these concrete tools to use in their own programs!

Life After UMD: Post-College Services Programs
Location: Juan Ramon Jimenez 2208
Presenter(s): Amy Engineer

This session will focus on post-graduation opportunities to make service an integral part of your post-college plans. The session will provide an overview of service-based programs’ (i.e. AmeriCorps, Teach for America, and Peace Corps) structure, the application process, and how students can transition from on-campus service-learning to service-based employment.

More Than A Meal: Expanding Wraparound Services as a Campus Pantry
Location: Margaret Brent A 2112
Presenter(s): Gabrielle Wilson, Christine Marconi, Pavan Purswani, Tony DuLaney

Institutions can no longer turn a blind eye to students struggling to meet their basic needs. Many already help to alleviate their students’ food insecurity by creating food pantries, but what about students’ other basic needs? In what ways can we use partnerships, collaboration, and creativity to expand beyond traditional food pantry services to better support students?

Peer Leadership in Service Learning Work
Location: Atrium 1107
Presenter(s): Isabelle Turner, Zanabou Njie, Chabria Cannaday, Brett Rapkin-Citrenbaum

In this panel, students from Goucher College’s Office of Community-Based Learning will discuss the role they play as peer leaders: How does peer leadership work and what are the challenges? Why is it such a powerful model of engagement, especially for young people? What political importance does it have to American society? Eight community partnerships run out of the Community-Based Learning Office at Goucher, all of which are managed by a staff of fifteen thoughtful and experienced student directors. On a daily basis, they tackle the complicated questions social justice work presents. Participants in this workshop will discover through discussion and activity what it means to be a “peer leader” and why it is a successful model of service learning.

The Possibilities of Virtual Service Learning: Take Your Passion Online
Location: Pyon Su 2108
Presenter(s): Terra Gargano, Isabelle Verdino

Virtual spaces are expanding the geography of the mind and the terrains of possibility for service learning. The mobility in the lives of our students and the pressing need for change in communities and organizations around the world creates a need for virtual service learning and community support. How can technology help connect students with organizations and projects around the globe to help students apply and connect what they are learning in the classroom? Virtual mentoring, consulting projects, and service learning opportunities present a space for students to expand the contours of academic programs, engage across cultures, and explore professional trajectories.

Voter Engagement and Education at UMD
Location: Benjamin Banneker A 2212
Presenter(s): Patrick Saumell, Erik Ortega, Arielle Hall

With the upcoming 2020 primaries and the general election, many students are interested in expressing their views through voting. However, while the amount of registered voters has been increasing in College Park, the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) data shows that a large percentage of registered students did not vote in the 2014 and 2016 elections. In this interactive workshop, TerpsVote will be discussing our efforts to improve student voting behavior through education, engagement, and the institutionalization of voting practices.

Poster Presentations run from 1:20-2:05pm

#30DaysTooLate: An Exploration of Campus Activism
Location: Grand Ballroom Lounge 1209
Presenter(s): Ferddy Gedeon

#30DaysTooLate: An Exploration of Campus Activism aims to provide guidance into campus advocacy by exploring #30DaysTooLate, a mental health campaign at the University of Maryland. The campaign aimed to change how the University of Maryland prioritizes mental health. #30DaysTooLate: An Exploration of Campus Activism seeks to be a template for a successful campaign by exploring what goes into planning and executing a campus campaign.

Brilliantly Unique: New College of Florida as Institutional Model of “Passion to Action”
Location: Grand Ballroom Lounge 1209
Presenter(s): Hannah Jacobs

New College of Florida (NCF), located in Sarasota, FL, is steeped in tradition. However, it is not an institution where students dress in business wear and take classes in crowded lecture halls in old-fashioned brick buildings, as one may think when they hear the word “tradition.” It is, instead, an institution which prides itself on having both a curriculum and a culture which allows students to take charge of their passions, both social and academic, and create their own path through higher education, and beyond. This poster presentation will model specific examples of how NCF curriculum and culture fosters students’ passions to action, and will present possible ways to incorporate these principles and practices into other institutions’ repertoires.

Catalyzing Change through Youth-lead Social Action Projects
Location: Grand Ballroom Lounge 1209
Presenter(s): Eliana Neuwirth, Cole Schneider

Maryland Impact has a community-based approach to addressing the social issues affecting Prince George’s County. We teach high schoolers the importance of philanthropy and experiencing community service. Through this process, we aim to activate their own capacities for leadership and change-making for the benefit of the community. The members of Maryland Impact aim to facilitate social action projects. The people of Prince George’s County benefit from the results of these projects. We believe our model works on a larger scale: the youth can successfully lead social action projects because they understand the problems that affect their everyday lives. Teaching the youth the importance of social action will create life-long change-making leaders.

La Clinica Del Pueblo: More than a Health Center
Location: Grand Ballroom Lounge 1209
Presenter(s): Rotem Miloh, Jessie Sadel, Adira Brenner, Timothy DeCoff

La Clinica del Pueblo (LCDP) is a non-profit community health center dedicated in helping minority communities, with a concentration in Latino and LatinX populations within the DC and Hyattsville, Maryland area. The center is not only providing primary care, but also mental health resources, substance control support, LGBTQ+ groups, and health promotion events. The mission of our partnership with LCDP is to provide service learning and exposing college students to the diverse communities in their new city. Our proposal is to create a sustainable partnership between LCDP and American University undergraduate students. The partnership will ensure a symbiotic relationship that ensures a real-world outlook on health for students, yet also support for the organization.

Parents Lead: Growing our Community through Student Parents
Location: Grand Ballroom Lounge 1209
Presenter(s): Anne Hofmann, Beth Yager, Victoria Rhodes

Parents Lead is a scholarship and degree-pathway program at Frederick Community College that provides students, who might not otherwise be able to attend classes due to the cost of childcare, the funding and academic support to pursue a degree. The program curriculum is carefully designed to maximize student-parents’ scholarship dollars by offering hybrid coursework for the first 31 credits of their General Studies Associate’s Degree, while guaranteeing the schedule flexibility and course offering predictability for students with demanding domestic responsibilities. Finally, the cohort-based nature of Parents Lead builds a learning community for adult students who may feel hesitant about returning to school with faculty and staff who understanding of the unique challenges parents face within higher ed systems.

Streets To Success
Location: Grand Ballroom Lounge 1209
Presenter(s): Jenna Shaffer

Kisenyi is the largest slum in the capital city of Uganda, home to hundreds of thousands of homeless people- specifically adolescence boys. Living on the streets threatens the basic human rights of these children and they are often looked at as inferior in their society. I assisted in starting a nonprofit that works to confront the continuous abuse against these vulnerable boys and attempt to deteriorate the inevitable cycle of poverty that comes from living on the street. Streets To Success Foundation holds weekly outreaches in Kisenyi, has a safe home for the boys to live in, and eventually provides sponsorships for the boys education.

Student Engagement with Scholarship: Preparing Community College Students to Present at Conferences
Location: Grand Ballroom Lounge 1209
Presenter(s): Jill Schultz, Melissa Rogers

This poster features images and words of encouragement and insight from students who attend Frederick Community College and who have successfully presented their scholarship at off-campus regional academic conferences. Images from the events, insights from the student presenters, and key steps for both faculty and students are highlighted. We have found that students who take advantage of these opportunities move away from discomfort to familiarity in significant ways thereby facilitating their overall academic commitment and success.

The Need for HIV Screening and Education on College Campuses
Location: Grand Ballroom Lounge 1209
Presenter(s): Olivia Gonyea, Aria Wanek, Kai Wasson, Janvier Richardson

One Tent Health is a youth-led nonprofit that partners with community hubs throughout Washington, D.C. with the intention of combating the alarming HIV epidemic within this district. One Tent has a pop-up tent that provides free HIV screening and Immediate PrEP linkage in DC’s highest-risk communities. One Tent brings services and education to neighborhoods that would benefit the most. We recognize that those on college campuses are at a higher risk of contracting HIV and therefore is a necessary location to provide accessible services to those who may not seek it out otherwise.

Block III Presentations run from 2:15-3:15pm

Into the Great Wide Open: Preparing and Chronicling the Mentorship Experience
Location: Benjamin Banneker A 2212
Presenter(s): Wynn Yarbrough, Shaneika Bowra

This presentation will chronicle the preparation undertook to create a mentorship class (ENGL Special Topics- Mentoring). The work will use existing models and research into activities, reflections, and practices undergone in a Mentoring experience, but will add rubrics, a syllabus, and the final project of this paper, co-authored by Shaneika Bowra and Wynn Yarbrough. Ms. Bowra’s work mentoring other students in the Capstone Course will allow her to critique both Dr. Yarbrough’s work but also establish measurements for her own work, as assessed by other students. Rubrics, activities, and reflections will be done by both Ms. Bowra and Dr. Yarbrough to help establish best practices for future iterations of this Mentoring experience as it would occur in the General Education Capstone course.

Learning Through Service: Legacy of AmeriCorps VISTA
Location: Atrium 1107
Presenter(s): Kyrstyn Devlin, Gabreille Dibonge, Erin Morrissey

Through the perspectives of three recently inducted AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders, participants will learn what it takes to establish sustainable projects and partnerships combating poverty across intersectional dimensions.

Mission Possible: Lessons Learned from the Community Coalition for Haiti
Location: Margaret Brent B 2112
Presenter(s): Clark Seipt

Think an international service trip is too much to take on? Worried about the current narrative that characterizes short term mission or service trips as “postage stamps” that do more harm than good? Come share your thoughts and questions and explore lessons we’ve learned from facilitating mission teams for nearly 30 years in Haiti.

P20 CONNECTS – A Developmental Program to Address College, Career and Civic Readiness
Location: Benjamin Banneker B 2212
Presenter(s): James Walters, Madeline Yates, Hannah Jacobs

The fundamental “civic” skills, attitudes and understandings are not developed in the study of the details of government structure but are demonstrated in an ability to effectively participate in community. These abilities are not restricted to “civic engagement.” They are 21st Century Skills, “Common Core” standards and many other descriptions of “ableness” that include among others critical thinking, adaptability, collaboration, problem-solving and creativity and are the necessary attributes for civic as well as college and career “readiness.” Seeing the potential of meaningful civic engagement activities to begin the develop these attributes, the P20 CONNECTS Initiative employs a collaborative developmental approach based on experiential learning pedagogy to develop these skills, attitudes and knowledge and to begin gathering data from participants in its programs to evaluate its collective impact.

Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Opportunities Across the Curriculum
Location: Nanticoke 1238
Presenter(s): Alan Penczek

Service-learning and civic engagement opportunities for students are often confined to a small set of courses and a small set of activities. In fact service-learning may be incorporated in most any course in a college catalog. Rather than ask, Which of our courses might be amenable to service-learning? we may ask of any particular course, Which service activities will achieve this course’s learning objectives? To do this requires an element of creativity, and attendees will participate in creative-thinking techniques as a tool for identifying novel opportunities. We will also examine ways in which students may be involved in this process.

The Struggle for Success: Food Insecurity among College Students
Location: Prince George’s Room 1211
Presenter(s): Fariha Khalid

The research investigates the prevalence of food insecurity among students at UMBC. Data were gathered through cross-sectional surveys distributed among students, faculty, and staff (N = 784). The results show that among UMBC students about 30 percent of students described their food situation as not having enough to eat in the past year. The findings offer insight into the prevalence of food insecurity among UMBC students and the level of program awareness within the community. This research is particularly important in gauging the need for initiatives which tackle food insecurity and related issues in the student body and the larger community at UMBC. It also provides a model for campus-based solutions and practices which can be utilized to address the problem of food insecurity among college students.

Virtual, Cross-cultural, Problem-Based (“Service”) Learning
Location: Margaret Brent A 2112
Presenter(s): Stacy Kosko

Solutions to today’s global challenges are often pursued through interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder collaborations; rely on digital communication technologies; and unfold in complex, intercultural contexts. But are our passionate, well-meaning development studies students prepared for this reality? This workshop will present UMD’s Global Classroom Initiative, which Dr. Kosko piloted. Her GC is a blended-format course that aims to prepare students for these realities while benefiting partners. In this course, Leiden University College and UMD students collaborate internationally to research and produce creative, viable, sustainable solutions to contemporary development problems. Teams are challenged to build expertise in a specific problem in partnership with a client in the global development arena, and then to design a solution—a development intervention—to address that problem.