TLU Highlighted at Summit For Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

April 13, 2019

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TLU Center For Servant Leadership (CSL) Director Morgan Klaser recently presented at the 2019 Gulf South Summit for service-learning and civic engagement professionals in higher education at Sam Houston State University. Klaser's presentation, “Civic Impact in the Major: Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship," focused on how the CSL assists faculty with scaffolding civic engagement throughout departments and disciplines. The presentation also highlighted TLU's Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) program as an example since the university does a particularly good job in this area.

"By scaffolding, I mean that our civic engagement opportunities build upon each other so that students deepen their engagement with the community and applications to their discipline as they progress deeper into their degree requirements," she said. "For example, TLU has more entry-level one-day service opportunities for first-year students, deep and prolonged civic engagement opportunities for second- and third-year students, and intensive application-based service-learning for fourth-year students that takes shape as capstone or community-based research. TLU and the SISE program were featured for its scaffolding of civic engagement recently by the AAC&U on their website, so I enjoyed chatting with other professionals about how we are able to build our civic engagement opportunities throughout our degree programs. 

TLU’s mission and values strongly support civic engagement, which Klaser says allows us to build this scaffolding throughout different academic departments.

"I think it's important for TLU to have a presence at events like the Gulf South Summit to contribute to the sharing of knowledge and best practices within the field of civic engagement," she said.
"Service-learning has become a common practice at many institutions of higher education and coming together regularly to share what TLU is doing and also learn from others overall makes our institution and the profession as a whole stronger. I enjoyed being able to reconnect with old colleagues and connect with new colleagues for the first time."

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