Community partners are organizations that work with UTEP students and faculty to meet needs in our local community. Community Engagement Courses is an excellent way for students to tap into what they are passionate about, how they can connect and learn about local organizations, and networking opportunities with leaders in our community. Student learners enable organizations to meet their goals as well as represent the link between the partner and the intellectual resources at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Tips & Guidelines for Community Partners
Provide designated supervisor(s) and contact(s) who will:
|1. Supervise student hours||6. Update CUE account|
|2. Provide academic base||7. Sign student timesheet only if complete|
|3. Flexibility with students schedule||8. Remember Community Engagement Courses is not regular volunteerism|
|4. Inform student of changes||9. Become familiar with the CUE|
|5. Provide site requirements|
Community Engagement Roles:
Be part of Service-Learning!
- Submit an application to us
- Agencies are then matched to fit professors course description
- Students contact their agency of choice and agree to a Service-Learning schedule
- Students complete Service-Learning hours with the guidance of their agency supervisors
There are two models that we use to help with our Service Learning process:
Model 1: The Placement based model
This is where students typically complete a minimum of 20 hours of service and the faculty member has a variety of choices for the students to participate in.
Model 2: The Community Partnership model
The faculty member will typically work with one or two agencies and have a project assigned for the students to participate in to help the needs for that organization.
One of the important parts of Service-Learning is making sure that it formally structures within the class, as far as including it in the syllabus, assigning a grade to the activity, and laying out the requirements as far as what students need to accomplish in order to get the full grade for their participation.
The CUE ( cue.utep.edu) is a web-based platform that’s purpose is to connect students to the El Paso Community. The CUE provides students the option to browse through non-profit agencies and select volunteer opportunities that fit their needs and interests. During the semester Service Learning students will learn how to navigate the CUE and connect their CUE account to their course.
On the CUE community partners can:
- Offer volunteer opportunities and community internships.
- Add community surveys and fundraisers.
- Manage individual impacts.
- Create volunteering events.
- Learn about nonprofit organizations.
Learn how to navigate the CUE:
|Creating a group:||Create an account to view and manage your group's Service-Learning opportunities.|
|Admin on the CUE:||An admin is able to see the name of their community organization (group) & make changes to their profile.|
|Update contact information:||Service Learning participants will need to see an up-to-date contact list to reach your organization (group).|
|Creating events:||Create an event in which student volunteers may register themselves to participate, and view each opportunity to motivate them to get involved.|
|Managing Impacts for Service Learning:||Students will receive credit for their hours of engagement when admins verify impacts of Service Learning.|
To learn more about how to navigate the CUE as a community partner, click here, or visit the tab titled as "GivePulse CUE Resource Videos".
Are asked to detail the following information:
- Number of volunteers needed and time slots or shifts
- General description of what tasks volunteers will perform
- Description of the event including date and location
- Why it is so important that volunteers sign up for your need/event
- Whether volunteers will be provided food, t-shirt or any other materials
- Whether training is needed
- Person of contact with contact information
Community Nonprofit organizations are invited to create their own account on the CUE (cue.utep.edu), and request for UTEP student volunteers. It is also highly encouraged that you provide a flyer of your service opportunity/event that can be used to promote it. Please note that events are selected by students and the CCE cannot guarantee that all volunteer slots be filled. NO political campaign volunteers may be requested.
Links on how to:
GivePulse for Adminstrators
Basics of GivePulse (Administrator)
A quick overview of basic GivePulse features for administrators
GivePulse: Creating an event
Learn how to create an event on GivePulse.
GivePulse: User dashboard
Learn about the User Dashboard on GivePulse.
GivePulse: Manage Users
Tutorial for how to manage users as an administrator on GivePulse. This video includes: how to access user information, changing user roles, and using invites as an onboarding device.
GivePulse: Managing Impacts
Learn how to manage impacts as an administrator on GivePulse.
What is Community Engagement?
Community Engagement is a teaching method for students to gain academic content while also serving the community.
Purpose of Community Engagement Courses?
Community Engagement Courses serves the student, community, and the faculty member; it allows us to expand our university and to work alongside our community.
How to Facilitate a Community Engagement Consultant Model
Community Engagement consultant model is used in order to provide students an opportunity to apply their skills that they are building in statistical modeling and also work in service and with community organizations so that their expertise can have impact.
Requirements for Classes
If a faculty member is interested in participating or incorporating Community Engagement in their class, we are here to help make that happen.
Ethical Considerations of Community Engagement Courses
Working in a Community Engagement Course capacity is confidentiality and to protect the integrity of confidentiality of that agency.
Co-Teaching with Community Partners
Community Engagement Courses is not volunteerism, it has an academic component to it.
Building Community Partnerships--What it Takes
Partnerships is about starting where people are, finding ways of coming together to identify mutual interests not always needs, but mutual interest and it's a long-term relationship.
What is True Reciprocity?
Being engaged in Community Engagement Courses and learning about the history of a community, the culture, being active, developing relationships with people in the community is really at the heart of our profession.
Preparing students for Community Engagement Courses
In being able to help the students connect what we teach in the classroom, what we help them to learn, they can actually see in the community through real-life experiences.
Effective Community Engagement Reflection
Reflection is really important, you don't separate your reflection from your observation, they go hand in hand.
Identifying Appropriate Community Partners
First step is finding a community organization whose focus area directly relates to the course content in the particular course that you want to offer Community Engagement Courses in.
Community Engagement Courses with Freshmen
Like most experiential learning, the student gains more by reflecting upon their experiences than simply by going through them.