RAP Session Descriptions
Building Connections Through Service, Community Service Staff
Who are we in relation to the community and the world around us? This session will explore the meaning of ‘connectedness’ through the use of current media sources and other written works, while engaging in discussion.
CLOSED, Mending Wall, Dana Carnes, Residence Life
Robert Frost’s poem, Mending Wall, tells the story of a man who meets with his neighbor once a year to mend the wall between their properties, without really understanding what they are “walling in or walling out.” This reflection session will focus on what walls that exist in today’s civic realms and whether we should mend or break down these barriers.
CLOSED, Service Beyond Charity, Tim Voltz, Think Tank Inc.
This session will explore the reasons why people become involved in service work. It also will explore different facets of service including charity, justice & community building. Each of these elements will be compared and contrasted & students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own service experiences as well as their motivation & approach to future service
CLOSED, What is a Good Citizen?: Generational Differences in the Meaning of Citizenship, Dr. Rob Baker, Political Science Department
Recent research using extensive longitudinal national survey data has uncovered sgnificant generational differences in the meaning of citizenship. Two paradigms-- "Duty-Bound Citizenship" and "Engaged Citizenship" -- are offered as ways of thinking about what it means to be a good citizen. Research will be presented on the topic with a discussion on its implications for community service and young citizens.
CLOSED, Radical Individualism: Why do we need a more communitarian spirit?, Dr. Ed Hasecke, Political Science Department
While individualism is deeply ingrained in the American spirit, it also threatens the ability of our democracy to function. In this RAP, we will explore the nature of individualism in America and discuss how the loss of community could threaten our democracy. Drawing on the service experiences of the class we will reflect on our own motivations for service and what that means for society.
CLOSED, Crafting a Civic Identity, Dr. Mike Mattison, Writing Center
In this session, students will be asked to design a craft that represents their service work. After writing a bit about their experiences, they will need to then construct a physical representation of their work, using a variety of materials.