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TAMIU Students Work with Community Partners in Service-Learning Projects, Win Recognition at Fall Expo Posted: 11/21/17

TAMIU Students Work with Community Partners in Service-Learning Projects, Win Recognition at Fall Expo

 

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A total of 250 Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students presented 70 service-learning projects they conducted with local non-profit and government organizations at the annual Service-Learning Expo Fall 2017 Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Student Center Ballroom and Rotunda.

Service-learning is an educational experience in which students participate in a TAMIU credit-bearing course paired with an organized community service component. Key to service-learning are guided and structured reflections that support learning by enhancing course content comprehension, integrating academic and service concepts, and developing civic/social justice responsibility. 

Students’ projects represented a total of 10 service-learning classes.

Project partners included the Cuéllar Learning Enrichment Center; Literacy Volunteers of Laredo; The Boys & Girls Clubs of Laredo; Don José Gallegos Elementary School; various neighborhoods such as El Cenizo, Pueblo Nuevo, Colonia Guadalupe, El Rincon del Diablo; HeadStart; North Star Sports; Russell Terrance Housing Developing Center; Book Warehouse; Farmer’s Market; Regent Care Center; PILLAR; Bethany House, and Voz de Niños.

Admission was free and open to the public.

Cihtlalli Pérez, outreach coordinator for TAMIU’s Service-Learning Center, said service-learning provides students with meaningful learning experiences.

“Service-learning provides students with meaningful service experiences that create connections with their course content, personal growth, and civic learning,” she said, “Through service-learning courses, students are able to apply what they learn in class to real-world settings which impacts their learning and helps them engage with current social issues in our community.”

Winners named at the concluding Award Ceremony were:

 

1st Place Poster Winners Graduate Students

Group Name: The Challenges of Learning a new Language

Class: PSYC 5389 Psychology Internship

Group Member 1:

Alba Hernandez

 

1st Place Poster Winners Graduate Students

Group Name: Service-Learning Experience: PILLAR

Class: PSYC 5389 Psychology Internship

Group Member 1:

Clarissa Duran

 

1st Place Poster Winners Graduate Students

Group Name: A comparative study of curricular assessment

Class: PSYC 5398: Graduate Research

Group Member 1:

Alexandra Reyes

Group Member 2:

Elizabeth San Miguel

 

2nd Place Poster Winners:

Group Name: The social construct of Homelessness- A Bethany House Internship

Class: PSYC 5389 Psychology Internship

Group Member 1:

Adriana Morales

 

3rd Place Poster Winners:

Group Name: What does literacy have to do with sex trafficking, machismo, and life satisfaction? A pilot study for the Batey Rehab Project

Class: Research Design and Statistics

Group Member 1:

Naomi Cortina

Group Member 2:

Valeria Zhang

Group Member 3:

Gabriela Sanchez

Group Member 4:

Mariana Mendiola

 

1st Place Winners: Undergraduate Students

Group Name: El Cenizo to the Rescue

Class: Community Health

Group Member 1:

Alexandra Guerrero

Group Member 2:

Alberto Sanchez

Group Member 3:

Alyssa Castillo

Group Member 4:

Luis Salazar

 

2nd Place Winners:

Group Name: Child Injury Prevention: Fire and Stress Safety

Class: Community Health

Group Member 1:

Priscilla Briseño

Group Member 2:

Linda Newland

Group Member 3:

Maria Ruiz

Group Member 4:

Fernando Maciel

 

3rd Place Poster Winners:

Group Name: Keep Buenos Aires Beautiful

Class: Community Health

Group Member 1:

Cassandra Diaz

Group Member 2:

Nicholas Canalez

Group Member 3:

Elvia Rosales

Group Member 4:

Karla Soto

Group Member 5:

Flor Zapata

 

Student Favorite Poster Winners:

Group Name: Second Language Acquisition in Adults

Class: PSYC 5389

Group Member 1:

Lorena Madriaga

 

For more information, contact Dr. Marcela Uribe, director, service-learning, community-based research and faculty initiatives, at marcela.uribe@tamiu.edu, or visit the Service-Learning Center in Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, room 223. Information is also available online at http://www.tamiu.edu/profcenter/whatisSL.shtml

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