Gina Montilino and Paige Wheeler of the Center for Experiential Education at Normandale Community College share six ways they’re expanding the circle of community engagement:
1. The Coffee Cart: It’s more than a tray on wheels. Before the semester begins, Center staffers load up their cart with coffee, pastries, and a “menu” of service-learning options, including possible formats, community partners, and available support services. They roll down the halls, visiting faculty during office hours to discuss ways faculty might engage their students in community-based learning. Paige says the coffee cart supports existing faculty relationships, builds new ones, and increases visibility of the services offered through the Center. It’s a great example of meeting people where they are.