To enable meaningful contribution to society, students are expected to research, discuss and propose a Community Engagement collaboration in consultation with community partners.
To enable students to do the above, all students undergo a pre-engagement Foundations of Community Engagement online course with the following learning objectives:
- Clarify personal values;
- Develop a working knowledge of the basic principles and theories of community engagement;
- Apply Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle in reflecting on community engagement;
- Identify good practices and case studies in collaborating with the community; and
- Framework for managing community engagement collaborations.
Subsequently, students could research and understand more deeply about a social issue of their interest. Leveraging on individuals' strengths, skills and/or professional major, students will propose a sustainable Community Engagement endeavour that meets the needs identified by their local community partner over a period required by the community partner. In return, the community partner collaborates with SUSS Office of Service-Learning & Community Engagement (OSLCE) to mentor students in both project and personal development.