The Center for Service Learning is here to support you in navigating the continuation of community engaged work amidst COVID-19. This webpage will serve as a living resource-- we will continually add FAQs as well as relevant resources that might assist you in the transition to virtual teaching, learning, and serving.
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CSL Program Updates
What is the CSL team schedule and how can I reach you?
All appointments and meetings can be conducted via telephone/Skype for Business or Zoom. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-864-0960 to schedule an appointment. The CSL will retain its normal "office hours" of 8:30am-4:30pm. You are also welcome to submit needs to our Help form here.
What is the plan for CSL-sponsored events this semester?
Please stay tuned as CSL-sponsored events schedules for the next couple of months are adapted for the virtual environment.
Is the CSL hosting any workshops to provide insight and support during this time?
Short answer: yes! Our team hopes to host a number of "CSL Connect" virtual workshops throughout this summer. More information will appear here as it becomes available.
How do I know what changes or decisions are occurring on the university level?
The most up-to-date information regarding university-wide guidance and instructions will be found at coronavirus.ku.edu.
What resources exist for instructors making the transition to remote teaching and online coursework?
The KU Center for Teaching Excellence, KU Information Technology, and the KU Center for Online and Distance Learning have collaborated on remote.ku.edu, a site with resources, tools, and information about KU-hosted webinars regarding online instruction. CTE has also published this blog post which may be helpful: Creating Community in an Online Course. Another resource when considering virtual and instruction and accessibility is this post by Mapping Access.
Internet access might be a barrier for me/my students engaging effectively in virtual learning spaces. Are there suggestions for how to navigate this challenge?
Spectrum, Cox, Midco, and Xfinity are all offering internet access at free or discounted rates for two months. If you do decide to utilize one of these services, make sure to remember to cancel them at the end of the two months so you don't get charged for additional months!
How do I continue to volunteer while the university has transitioned to virtual classes?
There are a variety of pathways to service that can be supported virtually in ways that continue to support community needs and learning outcomes. A few ideas based on the pathways to service are:
- Tape, record, or stream performances or workshops to benefit community partner(s)
- Create digital and other social media content, print program materials, or other methods for information-sharing
- Offer (or compile, research, or brainstorm) strategies that provide indirect support from volunteers as a result of coronavirus
- Work with staff to share videos or use technology to continue visits with residents or patients of retirement home facilities
- Develop a social media calendar of posts for an organization
- Conduct virtual or phone-based educational supports for youth and adults
- Provide web-based music/dance/art lessons
- Tutor, mentor, or coach youth online
- Write a positive review for the organization to help with their marketing efforts
- Develop a social marketing and/or media campaign
- Gather and summarize testimonials related to an issue
- Draft legislation to help protect the community
- Lobby on behalf of a community issue
- Develop policy briefs related to an issue
- Conduct background research or gather best practices or other information
- Facilitate an assessment, evaluation, or gather feedback via phone or web-based services
- Conduct a literature review or online research on best practices
- Develop tools for program assessment or analyze data
- Conduct remote interviewing of current/past clients about their experiences, impact of the organization on where they are today
- Create a listing of grant opportunities that may be applicable for the organization
- Create online tools to help citizens report or discuss challenges
- Develop online maps and tools (e.g., create an asset map related to an issue or resource)
- Support an online campaign related to an issue
How do I identify virtual volunteer opportunities?
You should contact local organizations to identify volunteer activities that can be supported virtually. Generally, community organizations have a range of needs that can be supported through indirect service. Some local volunteer opportunities that you can review to identify indirect service activities that can be done remotely are accessible from the following:
Additionally, some opportunities to volunteer virtually are supported through these channels:
- How to Get Involved with Virtual Volunteering
- The Coronavirus and the Rise of the Virtual Volunteer
- Virtual Volunteering
- 9 PLACES TO VOLUNTEER ONLINE (AND MAKE A REAL IMPACT)
- United Nations Volunteering
- Translators Without Borders
- National Parks Service
- Taproot Foundation
- Crisis Text Line
- Amnesty Decoders
- Smithsonian Digital Volunteers
- Points of Light Virtual Volunteer Opportunity List
What can I do to serve the Lawrence community during this time?
- A team of organizers has put together some Mutual Aid Volunteering opportunities.
- The Lawrence Humane Society is looking to get all of their animals into foster homes.
- The Lawrence Community Shelter is accepting donations to help move residents of the shelter into permanent housing and arraning alternate housing sites for residents showing symptoms of COVID-19.
- The Ballard Center is recruiting volunteers to deliver food/general supply donations to households utilizing Ballard Center resources.
The United Way of Douglas County has put together a general guide for volunteers during this time- before you sign up to volunteer, check that out here!
If I'm leading a student organization that participates in service, what should I be thinking about right now?
The KU Student Involvement and Leadership Center put together this helpful webpage that can help giude your organziation's direction for the rest of the semester. In addition to communicating with your organization members to share KU's message and any relevant updates about events, elections, transitions, etc., consider how you might communicate with your community partners during this time.
If I'm going home for the rest of the semester, where should I count myself for the 2020 Census?
Here's what the U.S. Census Bureau has to say: “Students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere.” This means that if you usually live on-campus or off-campus in Lawrence, you should count yourself at that location. Each address only gets one unique Census ID number, so coordinate with any roommates you may have as best you can. You can find the full statement from the US Census Bureau here.
I'm still not really sure what the census is or why I'm supposed to participate in it. Where can I learn more?
There are so many wonderful resources that can help you learn more about the census! Here's a few to get you started:
- Census 2020- Campus Compact
- Making Sense of the 2020 Census
- What You Need to Know About the 2020 Census (Video)
- COVID-19 and the Census
- 2020 Census: What College Students Need to Know to be Counted in the Right Place
How is COVID-19 going to impact voting in primaries and other upcoming elections?
This really depends on the state you are voting in. Check out Vote.org's page about voting and COVID-19, where you can find information for the state you are registered to vote in! The ALL IN Challenge also has a great webpage for all things voting amidst COVID-19!
How can I help educate students on the importance of democratic participation and voter engagement while advising and instructing virtually?
The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) has put together this living document that links to lesson plans, games and quizzes, videos, and news reports surrounding civic engagement in higher education. This is a great place from which to start gathering resources!
Can I continue doing service during this time without doing more harm than good?
This really depends on the type of service you’re doing, but it is important to consider how we are protecting the most vulnerable populations during this time. Talk to your community partner about the types of service work that can be done remotely through phone, email, or other virtual mediums. For more information on ethical service, click here.
Communications from Relevant Community/Civic Engagement Entities
Iowa Campus Compact: Coronavirus and the Engaged Campus
Imagining America: Small Yet Significant Kindnesses in the Time of COVID-19
The Bonner Foundation: Teaching an Online Social Action Course
Loyola University Chicago: Leveraging the Learning Opportunity of a Global Health Situation
Brown University: Resources for Remote Community Engagement and Work
American Political Science Association: Promoting Civic Literacy and Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Center for Civic Reflection: Themes and "Big Questions" for Reflection
Lifting Bridges Blog: Community Based Learning in Times of Social Distancing, Isolation, and Quarantine
Campus Compact: Compact Members Mobilizing for Communities in a Time of Crisis
Kansas Health Foundation: COVID-19 Info for Kansas
Federal News Network: Federal Agencies Seek Virtual Interns
Examples of Virtual Project Ideas