Joyce Searcy, director of community relations, Tim Stewart, director of service-learning, and Dr. Hyangsook Lee, assistant professor of media studies, recently attended the Gulf-South Summit on Civic Engagement Through Higher Education. The conference promotes networking among practitioners, research, ethical practices, reciprocal campus-community partnerships, sustainable programs and a culture of engagement and public awareness through service-learning & other forms of civic engagement. Lee presented “Service Learning: Providing an Opportunity for Professional Development and Personal Growth in Journalism Courses.”
The Office of Community Relations seeks to identify and cultivate alliances with neighborhoods, community groups, nonprofits and governmental authorities in Nashville to increase the effectiveness of Belmont’s outreach and service initiatives. Similarly, the Office of Service-Learning works to ensure that Belmont students learn the needs, challenges and opportunities of working in settings with people from diverse backgrounds. Students participate in service projects throughout the community to explore ways of improving community life.