PROGRAM FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

 

Make this an engaged, inspiring, meaningful, productive, and fun semester
Include a civic-engagement and service-learning component in your class work and life

The Program for Civic Engagement runs a number of interdisciplinary service-learning pro­grams and projects with excellent research opportunities for faculty and students at CSS/UHM and other colleges and institutions of higher education.

For detailed information, please download our brochure: Civic Engagement and Service Learning. Additional information can be found in other brochures uploaded under Resources.

To get started on including service-learning in a particular class or set up specific projects, one-time event, and faculty workshop or mentoring, please email csssl@hawaii.edu.

Hang out with us in the ACCESS Gathering Room
Study, meet, inspire, engage … Dean Hall room 5-6

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PATHWAYS IN THE CSS PROGRAM FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

 THE MĀLAMA I NĀ AHUPUAʻA PROGRAM (MINA)
Cultural/environmental program working with Kūpuna and caretakers of sites on Oʻahu of significance for Kānaka Maoli culture, food production and general sustainability. Activities primarily take place on weekend and some weekday mornings, but other schedules can be arranged.

THE PĀLOLO PIPELINE PROGRAM (PPP)
PPP is a loosely organized collaborative program consisting of a large number of partners from the Pālolo Valley communities, institutions, organizations, agencies, individuals, working with three institutions of higher education with the overall purpose of improving education and quality of life for the residents in the housing areas. 

NO MO' HAUS - WORKING WITH HOUSELESS
Working with/for houseless and homeless. Several sites and variable tasks. 

PACIFIC CONNECTIONS
We work with a number of community groups, organizations, agencies, and institutions to improve living conditions for Pacific native and immigrant groups in Hawaiʻi – first and foremost in areas of overcoming racism and discrimination and improving health, education, housing, employment.  

POLICY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Opportunities to work with government agencies and interest/political organizations and entities.

OTHER PROJECTS
We work with a number of both non- and for-profit institutions, agencies, and organizations island-wide via established community partnerships. Individual projects can also be arranged.

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Contact Us:

CSS PROGRAM FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
http://servicelearning.socialsciences.hawaii.edu/
Director: Dr. Ulla Hasager
Dean Hall, rooms 5-7
2450 Campus Road, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96822
Phones: 808 956 0655; 808 330 1276 (c)
Email addresses: csssl@hawaii.edu; ulla@hawaii.edu

ACCESS – Advising, Community, and Civic Engagement in the Social Sciences

SERVICE LEARNING is a pedagogy that gives students direct experience with capacious issues they are studying in the curriculum and with ongoing efforts to analyze and solve them. Students have an opportunity to both apply what they learn in real-world settings and reflect in a classroom setting on their service experiences.

At THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES all our service-learning programs and projects are run in cooperation with community partners – institutions, agencies, organizations, groups, and individuals. Some of the larger programs are run in cooperation with key partners from other UHM colleges, departments, and offices, as well as other institutions of higher education in Hawaiʻi.

THIS WEBSITE displays specific information about civic engagement and service-learning opportunities for students at CSS, including specific site and project information, procedures, orientation sessions, etc.

It is also the homepage for the following programs administered in cooperation with other institutions of higher education and community partners: Mālama I Nā Ahupuaʻa, the Pālolo Pipeline, and the No Mo' Haus' Programs.

These programs are open to students and faculty from multiple colleges and institutions.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT implies working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. For students, civic engagement can include community-based learning through service learning, community-based research, or service within the community (-Thomas Ehrlich, 2000).

Skills needed to work with the community are an important college outcome, and working with community partners is good preparation for citizenship, work, and life.“Civic learning needs to be an integral component of every level of education, from grade school through graduate school, across all fields of study (From A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future)."