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High Impact Community Engagement Practices

Definition:  High Impact Community Engagement Practices (HICEPs) are any student centered, interactive, experiential educational endeavors, either curricular or co-curricular, that are clearly community focused and action based. The purpose is to move from an observer of the conditions that exist in our society to intellectual awareness and informed action.

A HICEP is a project that...

  • Is designed to encourage students to reflect on their connections and commitments to the community in which they live (local, national, global).
  • Brings campus partners (faculty, staff, and students) and community partners together to address specific issues, problems or concerns.
  • Is created and designed through collaboration of campus partners and community partners.
  • Encourages students to integrate academic and practical knowledge.
  • Involves structured and guided reflection by students on the meaning and broader implications of the HICEP project/activity.
  • Is designed to benefit students through learning and community partners through capacity building of the organization.
  • Is designed and carried out with explicit, clearly articulated Learning Outcomes which are assessed.

Faculty/Staff Seeking to Develop HICEPs

Click on the name of any faculty/staff member listed below and you will be taken to their Washburn profile where you will find detailed professional information about the individual and their contact information.

Kelly McClendon

Lecturer in International Programs/Intensive English

Associated Course: IE091 & IE092 Language in Context Seminar I & II
Area of Development: Adult Education & Job Skills Development, Education & Schools, Government, Homeless, Hunger & Soup Kitchens, Special Events & Holiday Opportunities
Class Size: 30-40
% of Course Involved in HICEP 50%-59%
Student skills/knowledge: Language & Translation, Intercultural knowledge

 

Mary Sheldon

Associate Professor of English

Associated Course: EN208 Business and Technical Writing
Area of Development: Adult Education & Job Skills Development, Board Services & Nonprofit Development, Education & Schools, Any business/group involved in writing
Class Size: Up to 42
% of Course Involved in HICEP 20%-29%
Student skills/knowledge: Teaching & Coaching, Business Writing

 

Dennis Etzel Jr

Lecturer of English

Associated Course: EN200 Writing Topeka Stories
Area of Development: Arts & Culture, Board Services & Nonprofit Development, Children & Youth, Community Development, Diversity, Domestic Violence, Entertainment, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Human Rights, Literacy, People with Disabilities, Seniors, Women's Issues
Class Size: 22
% of Course Involved in HICEP 50%-59%
Student skills/knowledge: Writing

 

Kayla Waters

Associate Professor of Human Services

Associated Course:
Area of Development:
Class Size: 25
% of Course Involved in HICEP 70%-79%
Student skills/knowledge:

 

Christopher Conner

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Associated Course:
Area of Development: Arts & Culture, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Social Health of Topeka Survey Study
Class Size:
% of Course Involved in HICEP 90%-99%
Student skills/knowledge: Administrative & Clerical, Advertising, PR, & Strategic Planning, Applied Sciences, Language & Translation, Data design, collection, and analysis.

 

RaLynn Schmalzried

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Associated Course:

PY212 Psychology of Aging

PY210 Infant and Child Development

PY211 Adolescent Psychology

Area of Development: Adult Education & Job Skills Development, Children & Youth, Seniors
Class Size:

~30

% of Course Involved in HICEP

30%-39%

30%-39%

20%-29%

Student skills/knowledge: Companionship/Caregiver, Life Review / Writing

 

Jason Jolicoeur

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies

Associated Course:

CJ290 Special Topics (Weed and Seed)

CJ340 Crime Prevention (CPTED Analysis)

Area of Development: Children & Youth, Domestic Violence, Education & Schools, Emergency Response & Preparedness, Faith-Based, Historical Sites & Heritage, Homeless, Human Rights, International, Legal & Justice, Mentoring, Substance Abuse & Recovery
Class Size:

10-20

20-25

% of Course Involved in HICEP

70%-79%

30%-39%

Student skills/knowledge: Administrative & Clerical, Advertising, PR, & Strategic Planning, Applied Sciences, Companionship/Caregiver, Fundraising, Legal, Teaching & Coaching

 

Karen Kapusta-Pofahl

Lecturer of Anthropology

Associated Course:

AN112 Cultural Anthropology

SO100 Introduction to Sociology

Area of Development: Arts & Culture, Community Development, Diversity, Human Rights, Immigrants & Refugees, International, Social justice issues
Class Size:

35

35

% of Course Involved in HICEP

20%-29%

20%-29%

Student skills/knowledge: Intercultural communication and sensitivity; working with diverse group of people

 

Miguel Gonzalez-Abellas

Professor of Modern Languages

Associated Course: SP315 Translation
Area of Development: Children & Youth, Education & Schools, Health & Mental Health, International
Class Size: All students enrolled in the course.
% of Course Involved in HICEP 30%-39%
Student skills/knowledge: Language & Translation

 

Jericho Hockett

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Associated Course:

PY339 Psychology of Sex and Gender

PY310 Social Psychology

Area of Development: Diversity, Domestic Violence, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Homeless, Housing, Human Rights, Hunger & Soup Kitchens, Immigrants & Refugees, Legal & Justice, People with Disabilities, Seniors, Veterans Affairs, Women's Issues, Men's issues, sexual violence issues, gender issues in general
Class Size:

15-20

20-40

% of Course Involved in HICEP
Student skills/knowledge: Advertising, PR, & Strategic Planning, Companionship/Caregiver, Fundraising, Grantwriting, Legal, Medical & Scientific, Performance, Social Media, Teaching & Coaching, Social-psychological skills in general, advocacy

 

Melanie Burdick

Assistant Professor of English

Associated Course: EN101 Freshman Composition
Area of Development: Adult Education & Job Skills Development, Children & Youth, Citizenship & Voting, Community Development, Diversity, Domestic Violence, Education & Schools, Faith-Based, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Historical Sites & Heritage, Human Rights, Hunger & Soup Kitchens, Immigrants & Refugees, Literacy, People with Disabilities, Seniors, Special Events & Holiday Opportunities, Veterans Affairs, Women's Issues
Class Size: 20
% of Course Involved in HICEP 20%-29%
Student skills/knowledge: Copywriting & Copyediting, Design, Interviewing, researching, and writing

 

Tracy Routsong

Associate Professor of Communication

Associated Course:

CN306 Health Communication (Patient Advocacy or Public Service Announcements)

CN351 Interpersonal Communication (Mentoring)

Area of Development: Board Services & Nonprofit Development, Children & Youth, Domestic Violence, Education & Schools, Health & Mental Health, Hospitals, Literacy, Mentoring, Seniors
Class Size:

small groups of 3 - 5 students

% of Course Involved in HICEP

20%-29%

20%-29%

Student skills/knowledge: Companionship/Caregiver, Fundraising, persuasion and advocacy

 

Kathy Menzie

Associate Professor of Mass Media

Associated Course:

Several courses are open to the idea--Public Relations and Advertising

Area of Development:

Arts & Culture, Board Services & Nonprofit Development, Children & Youth, Community Development, Education & Schools, Entertainment, Health & Mental Health, Historical Sites & Heritage, Housing, Hunger & Soup Kitchens, Literacy, Special Events & Holiday Opportunities

Class Size:

15-22

% of Course Involved in HICEP

40%-49%

Student skills/knowledge:

Advertising, PR, & Strategic Planning, Copywriting & Copyediting, Design, Fundraising, Social Media

 

Angela Duncan

Lecturer of Psychology

Associated Course: PY326 Health Psychology
Area of Development:

Children & Youth, Diversity, Environment & Sustainability, Faith-Based, Health & Mental Health, Hospitals, Human Rights, Literacy, Mentoring, Seniors, Sports & Recreation, Women's Issues

Class Size:

20

% of Course Involved in HICEP
Student skills/knowledge:

Advertising, PR, & Strategic Planning, Applied Sciences, Companionship/Caregiver, Cooking & Nutrition, Grantwriting, IT & Computer, Medical & Scientific, Teaching & Coaching

Faculty/Staff Using HICEPs

Click on the name of any faculty or staff member below and you will be taken to the Washburn profile where you will find more detailed information about them as well as contact information.

Kelly McClendon

Lecturer in International Programs/Intensive English

Associated Course: IE091 & IE092 Language in Context Seminar I and II
Class Size: 30
% Course Involved in HICEP 10%-29%
Community Partners: Elementary Schools, Topeka Rescue Mission, McCrite Plaza
Activities: Play games with kids in after-school program and talking with classes about students' home countries, Students get tour and make appointments to volunteer later, Students get tour and talk with residents about their home countries

 

Whitney Kinyua

Lecturer in Allied Health

Associated Course:

Makin' Moves Assessment

East Topeka Senior Center

Class Size:

10-15

10-15

% Course Involved in HICEP
Community Partners:

Makin' Moves

East Topeka Senior Center

Activities:

We work together with Nursing and Kinesiology to provide assessment to the community members who participate in the free program called Makin' moves. We form groups with each member of a different discipline and then ask them to reflect at the end of the event.

PTAs work with Kinesiology and Nursing students to provide assessments to members of East Topeka. They are put in groups with different disciplines and then asked to reflect at end of the event.

 

Annie Collins

Assistant Professor in School of Nursing

Associated Course: NU465 Prevention and Population Health
Class Size: 80
% Course Involved in HICEP

30%-39%

1%-9%

Community Partners:

Multiple agencies in Topeka and Wamego

Red Cross

Activities:

Developing and implementing community assessment

Disaster Preparedness

 

Dave Provorse

Associate Professor of Psychology

Associated Course: PY647 Group Therapy Practicum
Class Size: 4
% Course Involved in HICEP 80%-89%
Community Partners: YWCA--Center for Safety and Empowerment
Activities: Psychology faculty and graduate students worked collaboratively with staff from the CSE to develop a curriculum focus on "Healthy Relationships" that was provided to members of Washburn Sororities in Spring 2015. Topics included Intimate Partner/Sexual Violence; Communication; Self-Esteem; Culture/Gender-based Beliefs vs. Personal Values. One emphasis was on encouraging more active involvement by "bystanders" with a corresponding reduction in "victim blaming".

 

Kayla Waters

Associate Professor of Human Services

Associated Course:

HS100 Orientation to Human Services

HS280/380/481 Internship in Human Services

Class Size:

25

12

% Course Involved in HICEP

20%-29%

70%-79%

Community Partners: Various Human Services Agencies
Activities:

30 Hour service learning project; Interview with human services agencies

150-200 fieldwork hours

 

Deborah Altus

Professor of Human Services

Associated Course: HS495 Research and Evaluation
Class Size: 10
% Course Involved in HICEP 10%-19%
Community Partners: Varies by semester
Activities: Students work with community partners to conduct surveys or other types of evaluation activities that partners want assistance with.

 

Diane McMillen

Professor of Human Services

Associated Course:

HS100 Orientation to Human Services

HS280/380/481 Internships I, II & III

Class Size:

25

12

% Course Involved in HICEP

30%-39%

80%-89%

Community Partners:

Breakthrough House, Boys and Girls Club, Let's Help, Topeka Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Discovery Center, etc.

We have 150 Agencies we partner with for our HS students For Internships. These include Addictions Treatment and Counseling, Mental Health, Youth Services, Gerontology, Victim/Survivor Services, to mention a few areas.

Activities:

All students in HS 100 participate in a 30 hour Service Learning project in a Human Service agency or program. They spend 30 hours in an agency, plus participate in a small reflection group three times during the semester (the 7th, 11th and 15th week) where they are asked to reflect on their experiences and integrate what we are learning in the classroom with what they are experiencing in their community agency site.

Our students fully participate in most if not all aspects of service delivery in their placements. Especially as they move through the levels of practice, they fully function as practitioners under the supervisor of their site supervisors. They do assessment, development service plans, coordinate care plans, work one:one, supervise visits, and do documentation. They also attend a weekly seminar with the University faculty where they process their experience with other students in guided reflection.

 

Melanie Burdick

Assistant Professor of English

Associated Course:

EN300 Advanced Composition Teaching Emphasis

Class Size:

20

% Course Involved in HICEP

20%-29%

Community Partners:

Hope Street Academy, Seaman High School Writing Center

Activities:

EN300 Students tutor high school students on their writing. The experience is connected to the literacy and writing theory that we cover in class, and the experience spurs a reflective journal and a research paper assigned towards the end of class.

 

Kathy Menzie

Assistant Professor of English

Associated Course:

MM420 Public Relations II

MM420 Public Relations II

MM420 Public Relations II

Class Size:

16

8

8

% Course Involved in HICEP

60%-69%

60%-69%

60%-69%

Community Partners:

Jayhawk Theatre

Topeka Metro Bikeshare

The Exchange Food Bank

Activities:

Provided a PR plan for Jayhawk Theatre, including special event and fundraising ideas.

Students planned a special event to highlight the new Bicycle Rideshare program. They encouraged people to sign up for the Rideshare program and had nearly 100 people attend the event.

Students planned a special event to gain food for the Exchange by tabling outside the Corner Store. The event was held in late April. Students who walked by were encouraged to use up their leftover meal plan money to buy food for the Exchange. The students raised $278 and filled a barrel with food items.

Features of High Impact Community Engagement Projects

High Impact Community Engagement Projects ideally include an emphasis on:

  • Place-based learning that incorporates community understanding, local context, local assets and includes community voice in defining the nature of the project and the relationship.
  • Co-creation of projects and products in which community partners and campus partners (students, faculty, staff) share in status as co-educators
  • Integration of academic and practical knowledge
  • Time depth for multi-year capacity building (multi-year relationship between campus partners and community partners)
  • Development of student participants through the identification of challenges that meet their intellectual, academic and skill level.
  • Scaffolded (sequenced) projects that evolve over multiple semesters or years
  • Team -based learning in which  students and community work together to maximize learning, collaboration, and leadership
  • Reflection on the community context, broader implications, and student learning
  • Mentors who coach and guide the process through dialogue
  • Learning opportunities that are clear, collaborative, and well defined through outcomes
  • Focused around Capacity Building needs of the community partners
  • Use of Evidence-based Models for community engagement and assessment of student learning
  • Assessed for evidence of student learning and community impact

Student Learning Outcomes for HICEPs

Learning Outcomes for Students Participating in HICEPs

It is suggested that at least one of the following outcomes be included in the development of a HICEP activity/course.

Upon completion of a HICEP project or activity students will:

  • Connect and extend knowledge (facts, theories, etc.) from their own academic study/field/discipline to civic engagement;
  • Demonstrate evidence of adjustment in their own attitudes and beliefs as a result of working within and learning from a diversity of communities and cultures;
  • Articulate a clarified sense of civic identity;
  • Demonstrate abilities in self-awareness and self-reflection;
  • Show evidence of initiative and team leadership;
  • Tailor communication strategies to effectively express, listen, and adapt to others to establish relationships;
  • Articulate the value of public action and/or;
  • Demonstrate ability and commitment to collaboratively work across and within community context and structures to achieve a civic aim.