Empowerment — In College and Beyond
One major aspect of empowerment is Community. Marshall University strives for civic awareness and involvement through service learning, leadership, and peer mentoring.
Our campus offers many service learning or community-based learning courses. For more details, visit the Office of Community Engagement (http://www.marshall.edu/community-engagement). On their website, you can see examples of the types of activities and projects our students are engaging in.
Marshall also offers many opportunities for student leadership. It can be as a member of the Student Government Association (SGA), as a Resident Advisor in the dorms, or even through one of hundreds of campus clubs and groups. Ask us about how to get involved.
Another way to be engaged is through peer mentoring. You can do this as an Academic Mentor in the dorms, a tutor in the tutoring center, or even as an assistant mentor when you finish the EDGE program.
So, what’s in it for me?
There are many connections between community engagement and deeper involvement, including:
(a) intellectual growth
(b) leadership development
(c) civic engagement
(d) personal and social growth
Not convinced yet?
- Serving the community empowers students as learners, teachers, achievers, and leaders. Students can then make a more meaningful and long-term impact on Marshall University and in the community.
- Community engagement provides students with the tools they need to be successful in the working world, providing resume building opportunities and potential contacts for employment.
- giving back to the community is an important college outcome, and working with community agencies is good preparation for citizenship, work, and life.
- Participation increases the likelihood that students will experience diversity through interaction with people who are different from themselves.
- Students are challenged to develop new ways of thinking & responding to novel circumstances.