SLC Roles and Responsibilities

Student Facilitator

Roles

What we are looking for in a perspective Student Facilitator:

  • Understanding of and commitment to the integration of, service academics and community.
  • Adequate knowledge of the program.
  • Leadership: This student will be a positive role model for sophomores in the program will be supportive of fellow team members and has a realistic view of their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Commitment to SLC: This student believes that SLC can be an important part of the lives of sophomores.
  • Ability to manage the time commitment.
  • Recommendation from facilitator indicates a positive role in fourth hour.

Responsibilities

  • Student Facilitator Co-Chair (Responsibility shared by 2 co-chairs & overseen by a GA)
    • Student Facilitator Meetings (approx. 4 a semester)
    • Prepare agenda and compose minutes for each meeting
    • Training and education
    • Oversee CAP mentorship (Spring Semester)
    • Present feedback from 4th Hour Evaluations and Instructors
    • Present student facilitator feedback at co-chair meetings
    • Collect student facilitator schedules for spring 4th hours (Fall Semester)
  • Communication/SCOOP (1 co-chair overseen by a GA)
    • Weekly newsletter
    • Community events
    • Outside lectures
    • Calendar
    • Updates from 4th Hour Council
    • Advertise service sign ups, CAP meeting, etc.
  • Special Events (Responsibility shared by 2 co-chairs & overseen by a GA)
    • Take attendance at all community events
    • New Sophomore Orientation (Fall Semester)
    • Partnership Dinner (Fall Semester)
    • Celebration Dinner (Spring Semester)
    • Partnership Day (Spring Semester)
    • Welcome Day/ Freshman BBQ (Spring Semester)
    • Organize 1 mandatory event per semester
  • 4th Hour Council (1 co-chair overseen by a GA)
    • Hold bi-weekly meeting (1 sophomore representative per 4th Hour)
    • Create agenda and circulate meeting minutes to other co-chairs
    • Recruit new leadership through 4th Hour
    • Share and generate information with and from 4 hours
    • Organize community events o Decorate the bulletin board
    • Assist with Partnership Dinner (Fall Semester) and Partnership Day (Spring Semester)
    • Solicit feedback from sophomores

SLC Leadership Co-Chair

Roles

Co-Chairs are junior or senior SLC alums. Co-chairs assist in the orchestration of all SLC community events, committees, orientations, and training session. They are a link of communication between the SLC office and SLC community. All co-chairs must participate in a weekly meeting (approx. 1 hour), service (3 hours), and head or co-head a sub-committee.

What we are looking for in a perspective Co-Chair:

  • All aspects stated in the perspective student facilitator section.
  • Student posses organization and leadership skills to plan programs for the community.
  • A passion for SLC, will be a positive advocate for the community.

Responsibilities

  • Service Co-Chair (Responsibility shared by 2 co-chairs & overseen by a GA)
    • Service attendance, organize accountability procedures for students
    • Driver Training Meeting
    • Service Orientation (Fall Semester)
    • CAP Orientation (Spring Semester)
    • Meet Partner Liaisons (2 -3 times a semester)
    • Create service reflection activities for van time
    • Work with secretary to orchestrate service sign ups each semester

Fall 2013 Schedule

SLC OREINTATION-- Friday August 23 through Sunday August 25.

Move in for Facilitators begins Thursday evening; if you wish to move in before Thursday please contact Residence life to schedule early arrival.  Combinations or keys will be picked up in the Office of Service Learning on Thursday.

  •  Friday August 23:  12-4:30 12 noon:  Lunch:            1:00pm:  Preparation for first fourth hour   1:30:  Community Building 2:00:  expectations of facilitators, review calendar and      syllabus 3:00 preparation for orientation.  Farley Conference Room basement:
  • Saturday August 24:  1-6 Orientation for new community: Poverty simulation, talk by Dr. Defina and fourth hour
  • Sunday, August 25 9-1 Orientation for new community continue,   Ropes course and service orientation.  Students will be divided by service groups.  We have asked some of our partner liaisons to attend and they will meet with the students who are serving at their school or agnecy otherwise service groups will be led by leaders who have been to the site.   

 

Wednesday, August 28 5:30-7pm  SAC 300  Dr. Christopher Schmidt—skills for reflection in service learning.  Dr. Schmidt is a faculty member in the Department of Counseling. He specialized in group facilitation and has done workshops on facilitating reflection in service learning. The purpose of workshop as articulated on the outline from Dr. Schmidt. He is going to work on something specific for SLC this summer.

  •  Understand that truly attending to others effectively (community and peers) is the mechanism through which reflective process becomes beneficial.
  •  Understanding the characteristic and process of Reflection which can create a bridge for understanding the connection of self in relation to others.”   
  •  What is the purpose, process of refection how to optimize facilitation and acting on reflection. 
  • There will be no fourth hour this week so as to make room in your schedule for this workshop.  Fourth hour will start after Labor Day.

 September 27High School partnership Day.  (9:30-3) We decided to have the high school students come in the fall (verses the spring) to prepare for our work together for the coming year.  We will start with a campus tour and then have workshops for the high schools students. Lunch is followed by a “college class.”  These classes based on the needs of the high school students which are identified by their teachers and counselors. Your presence with the high school students helps you to learn about their questions.  Spending time with you when they are invited to ‘our house” will make them feel like they belong here as they are partners.

 Friday, October 4: 1:30-4??  Poverty Forum:  Time and place (and whether this happens) depends on room reservation.  October 4 is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The new Catholic   Pope Francis has declared that attention to the vulnerable members of our society is critical.  We hope to invite community partners to listen to Dr. Defina outline the causes of poverty to dispel myths that we have about people who are poor.  We are inviting community partners to participate in a discussion after the lecture.  All service organizations on campus, break trips, Ruibal, COV and Habitat for Humanity have agreed to put this forum on their schedule of required activities.

 Monday, November 4—Partnership Dinner 6pm-8:30 Villanova Room:  We invite our community partners to “our house” for dinner.  We share a meal in which you will be seated with representatives from the organization with whom you serve.  After dinner there is a panel discussion in which representatives respond to questions about their work, their constituents and the role of a volunteer.

Tuesday, November 19: SAC 300  6-8:00 Workshop of talking about race.  A faculty member from the Office of Multicultural Affairs will teach about the challenges and techniques of talking about race.  We work in schools and agencies in which most of the students/clients are African American or Latino.  We live in a world in which people are grouped by certain characteristics.  We are often unaware of how we feel about these groups. In order to create a more honest conversation we need to learn how we think and thus how to talk about race, racism both present and historical contexts.   We will begin our discussion in fourth hour seminar on race in January

Wednesday, December 11:  5:30pm Christmas Celebration dinner at my house.   We hope we can build community by having a little fun and food together after all the intensity of the semester. 

Wednesday, January 15  9pm CAP projects meeting/Service reorientation—(no fourth hour this week)  Your experience with CAP projects and service are invaluable at these meetings.  Please encourage the members of your fourth hour to attend.  We will go over the process of CAP projects.  We hope to have some of our community partners present.  If students are changing service sites, we will have leaders who have been to those sites give an orientation to the site.

Tuesday February 11 SAC 300 5:30-7 New facilitators will learn from experienced facilitator about what we learn through facilitating that we didn’t think we needed to know.  (Student panel)   The student facilitators for 14-15 will have been chosen.  We would like to start their training out with a student panel. They need your wisdom.  Being in a fourth hour is not the same as leading and if you convince them of what is most important they are more likely to work at the skills they need.

Wednesday, March 19  SAC 300  5:30-7:00—Dr. Schmidt again, (see August 28) follow up and digging deeper—new and returning facilitators.  This is an opportunity to follow up on the first meeting, to talk to Dr. Schmidt about what they learned, what the challenges were during the year.  The new facilitators will have a chance to learn from your questions. 

Tuesday, April 8HSB 200 5:30-7 Circle in circle, practice facilitating.  We will take one of the class outlines.  We will practice preparation and facilitation. 

Wednesday, April 23— 6pm-8:30 end of the Year SLC celebration dinner Villanova Room. All members of the SLC community are invited to celebrate our year together and to honor our student leadership.  Sophomores will present their CAP projects

Service Learning Committees

slc committees

The Service Learning Community has three committees:

Events Committee

Fourth Hour Committee

Education Committee

Please check back for more information on how to join and what is involved with each committee.