Community / Civic Involvement

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Children, Teens, and Media

In this service learning course, undergraduates volunteer with 3rd-graders who are participating in Amherst Cinema’s See-Hear-Feel-Film (SHFF) Program. Volunteers watch short animated films with the children, facilitate word games, help them collaboratively create stories, and work with them to create storyboards.

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Circuits and Beats

Middle school students from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc. learn digital circuits and programming concepts from undergraduate electrical engineering majors at UMass Amherst. The program was developed by UMass Amherst's M5, an educational initiative of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The two week summer workshop teaches students electrical engineering skills to create a “beat machine” where they were able to present and keep their final products.

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Citizen Scholars Program

The Citizen Scholars Program is a 2-year curricular civic leadership program that partners with community organizations to work toward community goals and help students develop the knowledge, skills, and vision they need to build community, be effective citizens, and advocate for social justice. Students in CSP complete four required service-learning courses taken in sequence over 4 semesters. In the courses, each student articulates his or her vision of how society would be organized if it truly were good, then develops a series of tools to work toward that vision.

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Community Based Archaeological Research - Waapaahsiki Siipiiwi Mound Historial Park

Developing a long term plan for the protection and preservation of Waapaahsiki Siipiiwi Mound was the focus of work conducted by Professor Sonya Atalay with the Sullivan County American Indian Council (SCAIC), of Fairbanks, Indiana. Partnering with the SCAIC and Indiana University to participate with research in the community involving local oral history of Indigenous People, Professor Atalay did a site survey, and mapping, to develop a comprehensive protection and management program for a park with interpretive trails.

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Community Development in Health Education Public Health 302

This course is designed for students interested in improving community and individual health by applying the theories and tools from the fields of community organizing and community development. Students gain skills and techniques to involve people in the analysis of the health problems and solutions that affect themselves, their families and their communities. Students are also introduced to the principles and methods of community participatory research in local communities.

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Community-based Assessment of Needs for Vietnamese Americans in Springfield

This project aims to identify the needs of minority language children who speak Vietnamese as a home language. We ask (1) What are the first and second language skills of Vietnamese American children living in Springfield? What are their language needs? (2) What school and community programs target Vietnamese American youth? How effective are these programs in promoting language development? Methods include parent surveys, child language screenings, and secondary analysis of state and local education data.

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Computer Science Education Week

Twelve schools, colleges and community organizations offer workshops, technology showcases, field trips and contests to help raise awareness of the importance of computer science education during CS Ed Week each December. With support from NSF, CAITE and BPC Alliance, students are exposed to an array of activities that encourage computer science education for students K-12 from the Amherst, Holyoke, Greenfield and West Springfield areas.

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Computer-Based Math Tutor

A computer-based, emotionally perceptive math tutoring software system has been developed by UMass Amherst computer scientists and colleagues to help improve standardized test scores such as the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). After extensive analysis and studies on gender relations with math done with elementary aged children in Holyoke, MA and Springfield, MA schools and elsewhere, the software was written to offer emotional support, found to be appreciated more by girls than boys who are less affected by it.

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Corporate Toxics Information Project

The Corporate Toxics Information Project analyzes and disseminates information from the US Environmental Protection Agency on corporate releases of toxic chemicals and the resulting exposures of communities to air and water pollution hazards. The Project aims to help community-based activists and socially responsible investors to translate the right to know into the right to clean air and water.

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CPPA Summer Internships

All students in the Center for Public Policy and Administration program, including in the newly-minted accelerated Masters in Public Policy (MPP) program for Five College students, complete a full-time summer internship that places students in public and quasi-public agencies or organizations where they receive hands-on experience in public policy and/or administration. Internships occur across the country and indeed around the globe.

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