As a member of the WNY Service Learning Coalition, Trocaire is one of six local institutions participating in a grant opportunity titled “Dialogue for Change: A Coalition’s Approach to Civic and Community Engagement.”
The grant was awarded to SUNY Buffalo State College on behalf of the Coalition through Bringing Theory to Practice, whose mission is to support and encourage liberal education in linking the learning, civic development, and well-being of students. Participants include teams from Trocaire, Buffalo State College, Hilbert College, Erie Community College, Daemen College, and Niagara University.
The 31 awarded grants, chosen from a meritorious group of more than 230 proposals, will provide support for one-year projects to take place during 2017, based around a set of thematically integrated gatherings or “dialogues” involving a core group of diverse campus constituents.
“While the designs of the proposed dialogues and the rosters of intended dialogue participants reflect each institution’s unique campus culture and attentiveness to current issues, ultimately these projects will facilitate the greater purposes of higher education: learning and discovery, well-being, civic engagement and preparation for living meaningfully in the world,” explained Pam Jablonicky, Trocaire’s coordinator of Service Learning.
A team of eight has been assembled to represent Trocaire College: Jablonicky; Linda Kerwin, dean of Health Professions; Nicole Klem, director of Nutrition & Dietetics; Heather Thompson, director of Medical Assisting; Solomon Nelson, English faculty; nursing students Joel Lines and Taraneh Jacobs; and Demi Walsh, volunteer & Red Kettle coordinator from the Salvation Army.
The first two dialogues have already taken place (one at Hilbert College and one at Niagara University), with four more to go. Trocaire will host the group in October.