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March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
Friday, March 8 • 9:30am - 10:40am
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Despite ample evidence that service-learning enables students to understand the power of their voices and actions, many educators remain dubious about the benefits and utility of this pedagogical approach. Thus, there is a need demonstrate the long term effects of service-learning. Through an exploratory qualitative study, the Center for Community Learning & Leadership at San Jose State University endeavored to elucidate the perceptions of alumni who participated in service-learning as students to examine whether their experiences influenced their career pathways and to understand the mechanisms of this influence. During summer 2018, snowball sampling was used to identify service-learning alumni who currently work at local agencies contributing to the public good. The alumni were individually interviewed by our California Campus Compact Community Engagement Student Fellow. The interview transcriptions provided a rich set of data to identify common themes in alumni experiences. Initial results suggest that service-learning improved alumni skills in the areas of: public speaking; time management; communication; leadership; decision-making; organization; and teaching. The results also indicate that service-learning provided an opportunity for alumni to gain insight into their strengths and use their insights to identify and obtain jobs focused on equity and civic engagement.

Speakers
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Elena Klaw

Faculty Director, San José State University Center for Community Learning & Leadership
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Marizela Maciel

CACC Community Engagement Student Fellow, San José State University Center for Community Learning & Leadership
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Andrea Tully

Community Engagement & Project Coordinator, San José State University Center for Community Learning & Leadership
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Brianna Young

Research Assistant, San José State University Center for Community Learning & Leadership


Friday March 8, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am
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