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Spring 2014 CEL Courses

Community Engaged Learning


Division of the Sciences

The Many Dimensions of Poverty (SOAN 2750-01) -- Dr. Louwanda Evans
Community Partner: Operation Upward
Through interactions with this organization’s clients, students will have the opportunity of working directly with recipients of food assistance programs, bringing focus to the issue of food insecurity within the crisis of poverty.

Crime and Prisons (SOAN 2750-02) -- Dr. Louwanda Evans
Community Partner: Henley-Young Detention Center
This project focuses on the development of a mentoring program for juveniles currently detained at Henley-Young Detention Center in Jackson. Students will also visit Parchman Prison, in the Mississippi Delta, and listen to speakers who work in the field of forensic psychology, with SPLC and MIRA.

Conservation Biology (BIOL 3350) -- Dr. Markus Tellkamp
Community Partners: the Jackson Zoo, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and the Clinton Community Nature Center
Students will commit volunteer hours as a way to apply the lab hours to the work of field conservation. Through activities like environmental education programs, faunal surveys, habitat enhancement, reforestation efforts, etc., students will be able to apply the science of conservation to its application in the field.

Child Development in Context (EDUC 3750) -- Dr. Stacy DeZutter
Community Partner: Lester Elementary
In partnership with teachers, students will develop strategies to foster self-regulation in children. Over the course of the semester, Millsaps students will serve as volunteer assistants, three hours per week. They will attend weekly meetings with teachers to design strategies that support self-regulation. Once established, students will work to implement those designs and evaluate their effectiveness by the end of the semester.

Instructional Design, Implementation, and Management (EDUC 3200) -- Dr. Stacy DeZutter
This course partners best practices concepts with observational hours in K-12 classrooms in the Jackson Metropolitan area. Students will get firsthand experience, in a K-12 classroom, observing best practices in action.

Human Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective (IDST 1610) -- Dr. Stacy DeZutter
Community Partner: various organizations that serve developmental needs
Student volunteer efforts should involve direct engagement with the clients of the organization. Throughout class, students will have opportunities to make connections between course concepts and their experiences in their volunteer settings.


Division of Arts and Humanities

Race and Region: A Literary Placemaking Project (ENGL 3800/CWRT 3760/COMM 3800) -- Dr. Anita DeRouen
Community Partners: Jackson State University and Vassar College
During the semester students will study, discuss, and create individual and collaborative projects which interrogate their ideas about race and place. Through phone calls, Skype calls and other web-based interactions this collaboration will enable diverse inquiries about this subject and its relationship to region. Students involved will meet at Vassar during the spring holiday (March 7-16) to participate in a series of workshops and community engaged projects. JSU and Millsaps students will also present their projects at the annual Creative Arts Festival on Jackson State’s campus in April.

Chaos or Community in Medieval Christianity (IDST 1300) -- Dr. Shelli Poe
Community Partner: Various local churches
Connecting the content of the class with visits to local churches including an Eastern Orthodox Church, a Roman Catholic Church and a Lutheran Church; students will gain an understanding of how vibrant medieval religious traditions remain in the Jackson community. They will experience interactions with church leaders and provide regular reflections on their visits and observations.

Explorations in Community Engagement (FWRK 2021) -- Ann Phelps
Community Partners: Stewpot, Brown Elementary, Grace House, Rowan Middle School, Operation Shoestring, Midtown Partners, Project Innovation, MS FoodCorps, MS Children's Home, Matt's House, Grace Place, CARA, UNACARE
This course is the final of four Wellspring classes that have engaged our learning community in the work of community engagement in the Midtown area. Over the course of their time in the Wellspring program, students have learned that Midtown is “our” neighborhood, a place where people work, go to school, and experience their daily lives. In this final installment, students will engage in discussions at various locations throughout the Midtown neighborhood, including residences, businesses and the arts district. Focus time will be spent at the Purple Word, in creative construction.

Women and Men in America (HIST 3260) -- Dr. Stephanie Rolph
Community Partner: Millsaps College
This project connects history's stories with our own, empowering our students to envision their own paths and impacts on their community. During the course of the semester, students in this course will be engaged in a multi-level oral history project examining the lives of Millsaps women. Students will interview other students, female faculty and staff members, administrators, and alumni of the College with a focus on reading women through their own voices. These interviews will begin a collection that will create a Mississippi women’s story project, with aspirations for online access and archival source material that can be used in K-12, undergraduate, graduate and scholarly work.

History of Mississippi (HIST 2750) -- Dr. Stephanie Rolph
Community Partner: Mississippi Department of Archives and History
This course features two integrated components. The first is a research-focused collaborative project funded through the ACS Blended Learning Grant ($10,000). Students in the class will collaborate with students at the University of Richmond, Furman University, and Rhodes College to contribute to the Visualizing Emancipation digital archive, a website that maps the process of emancipation during the Civil War years (1861-1865). Using the newspaper microfilms at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH), students will search for evidence of enslaved people in wartime newspapers. This will include runaway slave advertisements, criminal record reports, advertisements of slave sales, birth and death announcements, military news, etc. The second CEL component of the course will include multiple site visits to historical locations throughout the state, where students will learn the significance of place in this state’s history.

Religion, Peace, and Justice (RLST 2790) -- Dr. Lola Williamson
Community Partners: Tougaloo College and various local churches
After studying the methods and practices of religious peace builders, the class will attempt to put their theories into practice by raising awareness of issues surrounding LGBT rights. Students will be drawing on practices developed by Donna Hicks of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, who argues that dignity plays a central role in resolving conflicts. Students will engage in conversations with adult and teen Sunday School classes and with students at Tougaloo College. In addition, students will help plan the Gay Pride Run and participate in activities with the We Do organization, as witnesses and supporters of couples applying for marriage licenses.