Julie Brodie and Balinda Craig-Quijada, professors of dance
Beginning four years ago, Julie Brodie and Balinda Craig-Quijada and Kenyon dance students have developed a weekly class for children ages 3 to 9. After the program's first semester, students from the dance department's course 240: Directed Teaching took over the class's instruction, volunteering to share their love of dance with children from the community.
In 2016-15, a college preparatory program for Latino/a youth was established with the mission to empower Latino/a students to achieve at the highest level in order to gain acceptance, attend and graduate from institutions of higher learning. Kenyon students applied academic research to develop and facilitate a sustainable partnership with the Salvation Army of Mount Vernon.
Joan Slonczewski, Robert A. Oden, Jr. Professor of Biology
In 2015-16, students established the Knox County Hospital Volunteers, a Kenyon student organization that provides volunteer assistance at the Emergency Department of the Knox Community Hospital. Through reflective observation and active participation in the healthcare system, this partnership creates supportive and productive relationships among Knox County residents, Knox Community Hospital employees and Kenyon students pursuing a career in the medical field.
Howard Sacks, professor emeritus of sociology
The Learning Trails projects aims to display interpretive materials at locations throughout the Ariel-Foundation Park in Mount Vernon exploring themes of nature, industry and culture.
H. Abbie Erler, associate professor of political science
Fourteen Kenyon students in WGS 331 Gender, Power and Knowledge spent a semester evaluating "Crunch Out Obesity," a health and fitness program used in elementary classrooms throughout Knox County. Kenyon students interviewed 267 program participants, led an orientation session for new physical education teachers and offered recommendations to make the program more inclusive and increase the focus on healthy living. Community partners for the project included teachers at Mount Vernon City Schools, the Knox County Health Department, the YMCA of Mount Vernon and the United Way of Knox County. The program makes a significant contribution to understanding issues of health and education in Knox County.
Clara Román-Odio, professor of Spanish and director of Latino/a studies
Latinos in Rural America, an oral history project designed to broaden knowledge, engagement and understanding of the Latino/a experience in rural Ohio, was undertaken by Clara Román-Odio, Amelia Dunnell '17 and Patricia Mota '16. It culminated in a traveling exhibit, which included a series of bilingual panels, a video and an opportunity for audience feedback about the project.
Elly Farnell, assistant professor of mathematics
In MATH 347, students developed Working with Sproxil: A PIN Filtering Algorithm. The project’s focus offers a valuable example of how Kenyon can leverage the knowledge and skills of its faculty and students to establish fruitful collaborations with private industry.
Phoebe Roe '16
Indefatigable student volunteer Phoebe Roe '16, a psychology major with minors in English and Arabic, sparked Kenyon efforts to aid a local school. Roe '16's project.
Sophia Khadraoui, visiting assistant in French studies
In French 112, students developed Bringing a French Community to Life, "The Frenchie Project." The project's focus on bilingual interaction with high school students at Mount Vernon High School fostered growth and understanding between communities and put material covered in classes into practice in a real world setting.
Dana Krieg, associate professor of psychology
In PSYC 348, students developed Adolescence in Context: Adventure in East Knox. The project’s focus on mentoring junior and senior high school students at East Knox Local Schools, while observing the process of adolescence in context, makes a meaningful contribution to understanding issues of adolescence and public education in our surrounding community.
Through the Rural Life Center's VISITS program, students, faculty and staff benefited from visits from local community leaders and experts. These exchanges helped build sustainable relationships between Kenyon and the surrounding community and promoted community-engaged learning-related partnerships. Events included: a conversation with members of the local Latino/a community; a biology class visit from Knox Community Hospital and College Township Fire Department staff members and the mayor of Gambier; a class visit from United Way of Knox County, YMCA of Mount Vernon and Knox County Health Department staff; participation in the Life Along the Kokosing seminar by Mount Vernon residents, engineers, art historians, the director of the Mount Vernon library and staff from the Salvation Army of Mount Vernon.
Associate Professor of Political Science Abbie Erler, Professor of Spanish Clara Román-Odio, Daniel García-Archundia, '17, Lucy Bhuyan '18 and several additional Kenyon and community representatives presented at a GLCA Global Liberal Arts Alliance event at Kalamazoo College, Oct. 23-25, 2016. The presentation focused on enhancing understanding of community-engaged learning (CEL) pedagogy in a rural setting and its relevance to teaching and creative work; sharing a model to introduce CEL opportunities in courses; and engaging with GLCA faculty colleagues to explore interconnections. Download the presentation (PDF).
In collaboration with Professor of Sociology Howard Sacks and with the support of the Office for Community Partnerships, this summer seminar focused on three objectives: immersing faculty in Knox County life, developing a community-engaged learning pedagogy and enabling faculty to design and implement CEL courses of value to the community. This topic has also been explored through a first-year seminar with Professor Sacks. Professor Sacks' project.
This workshop offered an array of community-engaged learning reflection practices to help faculty consider options to evaluate the outcomes and benefits of the incorporation of CEL into their courses.
This workshop offered faculty a framework for building community-engaged learning into a course. The workshop introduced foundational principles and logistics including how to: connect to community partners; delimit the project; create a memorandum of understanding; meet institutional requirements; enter and exit a community; assess; reflect; and celebrate.
Amelia Dunnell '17, Patricia Mota '16 and Clara Román-Odio, professor of Spanish and faculty associate director of community-engaged learning presented Latinos in Rural America (LiRA) at the 6th Crossing Over Symposium at Cleveland State University October 9-10.
In connection with the new faculty orientation program, this workshop helped expose incoming faculty to community-engaged learning (CEL) as a source of institutional engagement with the community and a means for the implementation of innovative pedagogical approaches.
This workshop updated faculty on new community-engaged learning developments including: College CEL evaluations, guidelines and recommendations, best practices, and potential areas of collaboration.
Students tackled industry problems with corporate partners as part of a mathematical modeling course taught by Elin Farnell, assistant professor of mathematics. Professor Farnell's mathematical modeling course.