Cultivating Community One Seed at A Time (Video) - This video was produced to document a project funded by Midwest Campus Compact Citizen Scientist Initiative in 2011. UW-Parkside partnered with Gateway Technical College, UW-Extension and Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency to engage science students in community food production and nutrition education. Over 230 students from UW-Parkside and GTC took community-based learning courses in which they worked on projects that supported community gardens in Racine and Kenosha or assisted nutrition educators in providing low income and other individuals information about healthy nutrition options and food preparation.
UW-Parkside professors and instructors involved in the project included Penny Lyter (HESM), Stef Strauss-Thompkins (HESM), Patti Clearly (GEOS) and Dave Rogers (BIOS). The video was made by AVA productions and its purpose is to inspire both students and faculty in the STEM disciplines to get involved with community based learning.
CBL projects can be included in all majors and issue areas. There are four different models: Product, Project, Placement, and Presentation.
Product: In the Fall of 2009 students in Professor Tau Chen's Art 477 Web Design class developed a website for a local nonprofit organization, Human Capital Development Corporation, Inc.
Project: Two student groups from Professor Kuruvilla's QM 319 Operations Management class worked with the nonprofit Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency (RKCAA) to provide an external perspective on their operations. The agency needed help with a confidential sign-in process, a client survey, a customer flow chart, and improved inventory controls.
One group developed a standardized intake form for all clients to fill out when coming into the organization, thus enabling the pre-screener to see additional clients and speed up the assistance process. They also recommended a new layout for the waiting area to make the facility more secure, along with new food pantry distribution procedures to improve client confidentiality. The weatherization team recommended reengineering the material distribution process with a new priority system. Both student groups focused on making the organization as efficient as possible by implementing lean techniques to eliminate waste, particularly with regard to employee downtime. Nearly all of the recommendations of the students from both groups have been put in place and has enabled the organization to run smoother, faster, and more efficiently.
Presentation: Communication students presented recommendations to help the Racine Healthy Birth Outcomes Initiative spread its message on combating Racine's high black infant mortality rate during a briefing at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread on Dec. 17, 2010. The students reviewed HBO's social media options as part of a comprehensive communication plan created by Professor Megan Mullen for Communication 435 Understanding Advertising and Messages.
Placement: Introduction to Community Based Learning introduces student to community based learning experiences. Each student provides 15 hours of service to community entities in Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Milwaukee and Northern Illinois counties. Students learn effective teamwork, develop an awareness of issues of diversity and reflect on career and personal opportunities for community engagement. In the Fall of 2010 students in this class served at: