Service-Learning Symposium showcases students' experiences in community

Students in the Service-Learning program shared their personal experiences of community involvement at the biannual S-L Symposium on Tuesday, December 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. before a standing room only crowd in Creekside Room.

The Service-Learning event, which included students in the University’s new Community Action and Social Change (CASC) minor, highlighted the reciprocal endeavor between campus and the community. Recently, Service-Learning students have been involved in some newsworthy community projects.

• Jordan Lieser’s Service Learning Public History class on Friday presented research to the community at a historical simulation about Angel Island in cooperation with California State Parks. The event was covered by both the Marin Independent Journal and Telemundo.

• In September, Karla Hernandez Navarro ’20, in partnership with Canal Alliance, helped create a census awareness event at Dominican. Her work was featured in a front-page story in the Marin Independent Journal.

• Students in Reimagining Citizenship program with the City of Novato will talk about their experiences in this innovative new program, which was featured by the Marin Independent Journal earlier this year. The paper also ran an editorial praising Dominican President Mary B. Marcy and Novato Mayor Josh Fryday being architects for a partnership that sets a strong model for encouraging young people to pursue careers and involvement in public service.

Here was the tentative lineup for student presentations at the Service-Learning Symposium:

PANEL ONE: Student Leader Moderator, Dylan Martins, CASC Minor and recent Peace Corps acceptance.
* SPAN: Adv. Composition & Conversation, Stephanie Lopez (RotaCare)
* PHIL: Ethics in Healthcare, Kara Rainsford (Saint Francis Memorial Hospital) and Lena Simbe (Nursing Clinicals)
* NURS: Community Health Nursing, Kathleen Abieras (Nursing Clinicals)
* HONO: Self, Comm, & Service: Ethical Theory and Practice, Kayla-Marie Gigante (Health Hubs)
* RLGN: Passion for Justice: Liberation Theology, Anastasia Gallardo (Health Hubs)
* RLGN 1178.3: The World's Religions, Stephanie Kyne (Meals on Wheels)
*CASC: Theory/Prac. Commun.Action/Soc.Change
Video Presentation by Reimagining Citizenship students
* HIST 3901: Public History, Alison Kustic (Angel Island)

PANEL TWO: Student Leader Moderator, Mia Nguyen, CASC Minor.
* ENGL: Advanced Writing & Research, Jane Pera (Catholic Charities Canal Family Support Kids Club) and Xitlaly Santos (Canal Alliance UP!)
* ENGL: Expository Writing, Shannon Callagy (Catholic Charities Canal Family Support Kids Club), Lucy Palacios Mendez (Laurel Dell Elementary). and Julia Milleri (Davidson Middle School).
* HONO: Community Engaged Art Student TBD/maybe short video of project (Catholic Charities Canal Family Support Kids Club)

For more information, contact Julia van der Ryn, Service-Learning program director, at 415-458-3751 or email [email protected] Or contact Jenny Bray, S-L program coordinator, at [email protected]


December 10, 2018