UTEP Miners give back to their community while also acquiring essential skills that help with their academic learning and formation as citizens and professionals. Through a variety of community activities, students learn about social contexts and challenges as well as how to positively impact their community.
UTEP contributes more than 1.5 million hours of service annually to the community. Approximately 7,800 students engage in the community through academic-based community engagement, and more than 9,800 in community service. According to the Independent Sector, this service is valued at nearly $38 million contributed to the community annually.
Students may engage in the community in a variety of ways:
- Volunteering and Community Service -where students may volunteer one day, one hour or on an ongoing basis
- Service-learning – community engagement that is done in conjunction with a course where academic credit is earned through structured service projects
- Community-work study or internships which may be paid or unpaid positions working with community partner organizations, typically 15-19 hours a week for one or more semesters.
- Community-based research projects where students conduct research with and for the community for the betterment of an identified issue.
Successful students engaged in the community typically:
- increase their awareness of their community and a larger public context
- increase their professional skills by working with others
- strengthen or develop skills like leadership, critical thinking, networking, communication, problem-solving, time management, team work among many others.
- identify their strengths, passions and interests as well as their understanding of career choices
- strengthen their sense of caring for others
- identify their role in society and their interest in contributing to a social purpose
- develop networks and friendships that may extend beyond their academic years
- Service Learning Clearing House: https://gsn.nylc.org/clearinghouse
- Corporation for National and Community Service: https://www.nationalservice.gov
- Engagement Scholarship Consortium https://engagementscholarship.org/
- Campus Compact (a national coalition of 1,000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education, building democracy through civic education and community development). https://compact.org/
- International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement http://www.researchslce.org/
- Corporation for National and Community Service- Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll https://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/honor-roll
- Carnegie's Community Engagement Classification http://www.nerche.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=341&Itemid=92
- C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Award http://www.aplu.org/projects-and-initiatives/economic-development-and-community-engagement/W.K.-Kellogg-Foundation-Community-Engagement-Scholarship-Awards-and-C.-Peter-Magrath-Community-Engagement-Scholarship-Awards/index.html
- American Association of Public and Land Grant Universities http://www.aplu.org/
- Community-Campus Partnerships for Health https://ccph.memberclicks.net/
- Guide to Volunteering While in School https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/non-profit-volunteer-careers/