2020 Excellence in Service Learning Award Recipients
Faculty Excellence in Service Learning
Dr. Gibson's Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology class has partnered with Lawrence Habitat for Humanity’s Aging in Place program to help understand the needs and experiences of senior citizens in Lawrence. Due to the complications that COVID-19 has created for meeting senior citizens in person, the process and strategy for obtaining information has had to shift but the data they gather will be helpful for Habitat as they build out their program.
Graduate Student Excellence in Community-Engaged Research and Learning
For the past 5 years, Kathleen has supervised undergraduate students in service-learning in the Little Steps Early Intervention Program in the Edna Hill Child Development Center. In this role, she trains, supervises, and supports undergraduate students in working as one-on-one therapists for children diagnosed with autism and related disorders. For the past two years, she has served as the lead supervisor in this program.
Since 2018, David has directed an organization called Lawrence Talks, a public philosophy program with the goal of bringing together academic and non-academic perspectives. The hope in bringing these two perspectives together is that philosophy is made more accessible to the public and that philosophers and other academics of the University of Kansas be part of public discourse on topics of interest to the general public.
Student Excellence in Service Learning
Throughout her time at KU, Kiara has embodied what it means to dedicate oneself to social justice and ethical service. As an undergraduate researcher and McNair Scholar, Kiara has found great interest in learning more about how African American patients feel they are perceived by their mental healthcare providers as an area of community-engaged research.
Haeli has spent this year serving as an Alternative Breaks co-director and has done a wonderful job promoting ethical service to participants. She was also instrumental in ensuring that Spring Alternative Break students made it back to Lawrence safely in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Community Partner Excellence in Campus Collaboration
Over the past two years, the United Way of Douglas County has initiated several key partnerships with KU students, staff, and faculty. The new initiatives have contributed to strengthening bonds between Douglas County communities and KU. The United Way of Douglas County worked with student board member, Courtland Triplett, and the CSL to launch a Student United Way affinity chapter at KU, which this spring was awarded New Student Organization of Year by KU SILC!
Faced with a challenging year, Lawrence Community Shelter has been an incredible community partner to the CCO CAAS program, providing hundreds of hours of volunteer opportunities to KU students. Renee Kuhl, executive director of LCS, serves as a contributing member of the CCO’s advisory board, helping the student organization think more broadly and deeply about service and pressing community needs.
Staff Excellence in Community Engagement
Kelly’s role requires cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with the field agencies where Social Welfare students are placed. Kelly’s community engagement is also enhanced by the cumulative effect of Kelly’s years of experience working in and around community partners, where her consistent demonstration of skill and compassion had contributed to a strong foundation of community rapport and good will.