Bay State College Completes College-Wide Service Learning Month
May 3, 2017
[Boston, MA – May 3, 2017] – Bay State College has concluded Service Learning Month, the first in its 70 year history. Service learning at Bay State College is an educational process in which students collaborate with faculty to develop learning objectives that foster social responsibility and promote civic engagement through community service and guided reflection.
The faculty and students at Bay State College worked with community organizations to design collaborative projects that address community issues and that allow students to develop and apply academic and critical thinking skills.
“Service learning experiences and structured reflection provide students with the opportunity to make connections between academic course content and community issues, in the broader context of civic engagement,” said Dr. William Morrissette, Chair of Bay State College’s Service Learning Committee. “Service learning also facilitates the exchange of ideas, knowledge and resources between Bay State College and the local community, the New England area, and beyond. Kudos to all those involved!”
Recent Service Learning Initiatives:
- Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program: Bay State College Criminal Justice students and incarcerated students at the Boston Pre-Release Center and Plymouth County Correctional Facility came together to take a college course, meant to foster a deeper understanding between these two populations. Read participant Eliana's story.
- Business Services for Local Organizations: Bay State College Management students used their business knowledge and experience to help create strategic business plans for local organizations without the resources to do so themselves. Read participant Joy's story.
- Non-Textile Sustainable Fashion Design: Bay State College Fashion students repurposed discarded commercial materials from restaurants and stores at the Northshore Mall into sustainable, wearable garments. Read participant Hannah's story and participant Laurie's story.
- Trans-Pacific Partnership Debate: Bay State College Fashion students debated and distributed information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal during this year's presidential election. Read participant Sam's story.
- Green Eileen: Recycling for a Cause: Bay State College Fashion students designed original garments from gently used Eileen Fisher clothing in partnership with their Green Eileen division. Read participant Chavon's story.
- Physical Therapy Workshops for At-Risk Populations: Bay State College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) students conducted workshops to specific populations at risk for physical injuries. Read participant Lisa's story and participants Sammi, Kaitlin and Alison's story.
- Children's Creative Arts Workshop: Bay State College Entertainment Management students ran a children's event focused on self-expression through art and donated the proceeds to Zumix, a local nonprofit arts organization. Read participant Tita's story here.
- Films for a Cause: Bay State College Entertainment Management students hosted an independent film festival and created a documentary entitled "Mind the Gap" exploring gender discrimination in the entertainment industry. Read participant Allyson's story here.
About Bay State College
Bay State College was founded in 1946. Bay State College is a private college whose mission is to prepare students for successful careers and global citizenship through academic rigor and individualized support. Bay State College accomplishes this mission by providing a learning environment where teaching excellence and student services are blended to support the uniqueness of individual students, preparing them to achieve their full potential as ethically and socially aware citizens. For several years, Bay State College was named to the Presidents' Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Bay State College has approximately 800 students enrolled in day, evening and online bachelor’s degree programs as well as range of associates degrees and certificate programs. Non-traditional students have the option of earning an online degree or attending evening college courses at Bay State’s two locations in Boston and Taunton, MA. Visit baystate.edu for more information.
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