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Community Based Resources During Crisis

In some cases, students’ community-engaged work may be able to shift in ways that still meet community needs and learning outcomes. Here are a few ideas:

  • conducting background research or gathering best practices or other information requested the partner(s)
  • taping, recording, or streaming performances or workshops to benefit community partner(s)
  • creating digital and other social media content, print program materials, or other methods for information-sharing
  • undertaking assessment, evaluation, or feedback via phone or web-based services;
  • offering (or compiling, researching, or brainstorming) strategies that provide indirect support from volunteers as a result of coronavirus
  • conducting virtual or phone-based educational supports for youth and adults

Alternate ways to directly connecting your course to the community (from Portland State University)

There are many resources to continue exploring the concepts of community with your students.  Here are a few:

If work with an existing partner is not possible, you may be able to find suitable opportunities through these channels:

Teaching Resource Links:

Updates from the Office of Community Engagement

Covid-19 Learning Communities

Solidarity & Storytelling across Differences' is a free online space open to thinkers, learners, teachers, and doers around the world who want to examine the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through an intersectional lens and share their own perspectives and experiences.  The self-paced program revolves around shared dialogue and discovery, not lectures or powerpoints. Participants engage with interdisciplinary multimedia content within a curated classroom, and then create their own posts to document how this pandemic looks and feels in their own particular contexts.

The curated classroom content helps participants:

  • Situate themselves within this pandemic and the broader structures of inequality it illuminates and exacerbates
  • Consider and practice digital storytelling as a mode of consciousness-raising and transformation
  • Tend to vital issues of self-care and community resilience  

After completing the classroom, participants retain ongoing access to the platform to share stories, build relationships, and learn from peers.

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