March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Thursday, March 7 • 2:30pm - 3:40pm
Thematic Poster Session #3

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Poster 1: Immersion as a Practice: From Serving to Joining. This poster session and dialogue will explore how two universities have jointly developed an approach that names and frames “immersion as a practice” (IAAP) and have used this approach as the foundation of an 8-week summer fellowship in the San Francisco Bay Area and on the U.S. / Mexico border.

Poster 2: LIFT Conference: A Gathering of Student Service Leaders in California. The LIFT Conference is a student driven project with a goal of convening student leaders who share an affinity for promoting, supporting, and advocating for meaningful service opportunities in college. In this session we’ll share findings and experiences from our first event held in October 2018 at Fresno State.

Poster 3: Mobilizing College Students through Community Service-Learning. Service learning and social justice-centered curriculum create a unique opportunity for students in higher education to enhance their academic achievement, professional identities, and their civic engagement. Students who performed service learning as a part of the curriculum felt empowered by their ability to make meaningful differences in their community.

Poster 4:  First Year Service Corps (FYSC): Promoting Involvement of First Year Students in Service and Civic Engagement. In this poster session, the University of Utah’s Bennion Center will explain the First Year Service Corps program, which brings together a diverse group of freshman students who desire to serve their community and become civically engaged. Participants will gain insight on engaging freshman students on their own campuses.

Poster 5:  Bennion Service House: 15 Years of a Civically Engaged Themed Community. This poster will explore the Bennion Service House; a civically engaged themed living-learning community at the University of Utah, it's history, programming, residential education model, civic competencies, and mechanisms for engaging the its residents to become active in lifelong learning and civic participation through action, change, and learning.

Poster 6: Promoting Educational Opportunities for Youth: An Interdisciplinary Approach. This poster will highlight key civic engagement efforts in the Whittier, CA area. Multiple approaches will be presented that focus on increasing high school graduation rates in local communities.

Poster 7:  Building Bright Futures for Youth on Oahu. This poster will highlight Manoa Mentors, founded in order to give students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa opportunities to serve low-income and immigrant youth on Oahu. Since its inception, Manoa Mentors has provided tutorial services and academic support to the students of the economically challenged neighborhood of Palolo Valley in Honolulu, with the hope of improving both short and longterm educational outcomes for the youth in this community.


Gretchen Wehrle

Professor, Notre Dame de Namur University


Carly Shields

Student Board Representative, University of Utah
First Year Service Corps: Promoting Involvement of First Year Students in Service and Civic Engagement
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Bryce Williams

Student Programs Coordinator, University of Utah, Bennion Center
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John Loggins

Director of Community Engaged Learning, University of San Diego
John Loggins the Director of Community Engaged Learning in the Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action at the University of San Diego. John works collaboratively as part of a team responsible for ensuring that USD is a global and national leader as... Read More →
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Mellissa Jessen-Hiser

Assistant Director, Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at Fresno State
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Ryan M. Lamberton

Assistant Director, Community Engagement, Saint Mary's College of California

Lucia Alcala

Aasst Professor, CSU Fullerton

Keely Vandenberge

First Year Service Corps Director, University of Utah, Bennion Center
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Manuel Chavez

Engaged Student Leadership Award Recipient, Whittier College
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Andrew Menor

Engaged Student Leadership Award Recipient, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm PST