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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.

2017-2018 HICEP Scholar Program

This initiative will move those interested from talking about HICEPS to actually planning and implementing a course/project. Three mentors will work with groups of two to three faculty/staff members to develop, plan, and execute a HICEP, possibly as a course, a project within a course or a co-curricular initiative. These groups will meet monthly during Fall, 2017 and Spring, 2018. Mentors will help mentees find and work with a community partner to foster the HICEP development. They will also assist in the planning and execution of the course and development of an assessment plan for each course/project. At the end of the course, mentees will submit to C-TEL a report on the project. All mentors/mentees will be encouraged to submit a white paper for inclusion on a research area of the C-TEL website. Mentees will be awarded a $1500.00 stipend for their work.

Application Form
Deadline for applications: April 17, 2017

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.

If you would like to be added to this list, please fill out this form.

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

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

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.

If you would like to be added to this list, please fill out this form.

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

Title:

Makin' Moves Assessment

Class Size:

10-15

Community Partners:

Makin' Moves

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.

Title:

East Topeka Senior Center

Class Size: 10-15
Community Partners: East Topeka Senior Center
Activities: 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%

Community Partners:

Multiple agencies in Topeka and Wamego

Activities:

Developing and implementing community assessment

Associated Course: NU465 Prevention and Population Health
Class Size: 80
% Course Involved in HICEP 1%-9%
Community Partners: Red Cross
Activities: 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

Title:

Human Services Service Learning Project

Associated Course:

HS100 Orientation to Human Services

Class Size:

25

% Course Involved in HICEP

20%-29%

Community Partners: Various Human Services Agencies
Activities:

30 Hour service learning project; Interview with human services agencies

Title:

Human Services Service Learning Project

Associated Course:

HS280/380/481 Internship in Human Services

Class Size:

12

% Course Involved in HICEP

70%-79%

Community Partners: Various Human Services Agencies
Activities: 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.

Melanie Burdick

Associate 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

Professor of Mass Media

Title:

Midland Care writing project

Associated Course:

MM202 Creative Media Writing

Number of Students Involved:

18

% Course Involved in HICEP

30%-39%

Community Partners:

Midland Care, Laura Burton

Activities:

Students interviewed volunteers and wrote stories about their work. Students also took photos of the volunteers.

Associated Course:

MM420 Public Relations II

Number of Students Involved: 16
% Course Involved in HICEP 60%-69%
Community Partners: Jayhawk Theatre
Activities: Provided a PR plan for Jayhawk Theatre, including special event and fundraising ideas.
Associated Course:

MM420 Public Relations II

Number of Students Involved: 8
% Course Involved in HICEP 60%-69%
Community Partners: Topeka Metro Bikeshare
Activities: 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.
Associated Course:

MM420 Public Relations II

Number of Students Involved: 8
% Course Involved in HICEP 60%-69%
Community Partners: The Exchange Food Bank
Activities: 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.

Dennis Etzel, Jr.

Lecturer of English

Title:

Examining Hunger In America

Associated Course:

EN-101 Freshman Composition

Number of Students Involved:

22

% Course Involved in HICEP

10%-19%

Community Partners:

Harvesters

The Exchange

Activities:

Students volunteer at Harvesters and design flyers in coordination with Washburn's food bank The Exchange while learning and researching about hunger in America, both nationally and locally.

Title:

Writing Legacy Stories

Associated Course:

EN-300 Advanced College Writing for Nursing Emphasis

Number of Students Involved:

30-40

% Course Involved in HICEP

30%-39%

Community Partners: Midland Care and Hospice
Activities:

Students interview clients or volunteers while learning and researching about the positive impact legacy stories have for interviewees and their families.

Title:

The Hero’s Journey: Stories of Community and Social Change

Associated Course:

EN-210 Mythologies in Literature

Number of Students Involved:

22-25

% Course Involved in HICEP

20%-29%

Community Partners: ArtsConnect Topeka
Activities:

Students interview volunteers, people who work in community organizations, and donators while learning and researching about the effect the Arts have on community growth and social justice.

Jennifer Pacioianu

Adjunct of English

Title:

Intergenerational Partnership with Brewster Place

Associated Course:

EN-101 Freshman Composition

Number of Students Involved:

22

% Course Involved in HICEP

30%-39%

Community Partners:

Brewster Place Retirement Living

Activities:

Students visited the Brewster Place Retirement Living over 2 class periods, interviewed residents, and composed narratives based on their interviews. Students then revised the narratives for Brewster to publish as shorter pieces on their Facebook page, in newsletters, and possibly in other promotional materials. 

Mary Sheldon

Associate Professor of English

Title:

Brochures for Community Action

Associated Course:

EN 208 C, EN 208 D Business and Technical Writing

Number of Students Involved:

35

% Course Involved in HICEP

20%-29%

Community Partners:

Community Action

Activities:

Each of my EN 208 classes is designing a separate brochure for immediate use by Community Action. One brochure is aimed at community partners who may be willing to participate in a diaper distribution program. The second brochure is aimed at home-daycare directors who could benefit from a partial food reimbursement program to improve the quality of daycare meals and snacks.

Michael Gleason

Director and Lecturer at the Leadership Institute 

Title:

Aleshire Venture Grant

Associated Course:

LE 300 Leadership Skills Development

Number of Students Involved:

8

% Course Involved in HICEP

30%-39%

Community Partners:

United Way of Greater Topeka and Joe and Janet Aleshire

Activities:

Students work with United Way. Create request for proposals, send out, recommend to board who should receive grant funding.

Rick Ellis

Professor of Human Services and Director of the Center for Community Services

Title:

Poverty Alleviation

Co-curricular:

Bonner Scholars

Number of Students Involved:

44

% Course Involved in HICEP

100%

Community Partners:

Community Action

Activities:

Students work to develop policies to support lobbying activities with the state legislature

Patricia Dahl

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies

Title:

Master of Criminal Justice Capstone Course

Associated Course:

CJ693 The Capstone Experience

Number of Students Involved:

3 to 7

% Course Involved in HICEP

40%-49%

Community Partners:

A public, private, or non-profit agency or organization after consultation with the client and the professor overseeing the Capstone course

Activities:

Graduate students use evaluative research to investigate a problem, question, or issue for a local organization. After acquiring and assessing information, the graduate student provides useful feedback to his/her client through a deliverable product. Additionally, the graduate student produces a research-based paper for the Capstone course.

Tracy Routsong

Professor of Communication

Title:

Classroom to Community Needs Assessment

Associated Course:

CN 498 Senior Capstone

Number of Students Involved:

3

% Course Involved in HICEP

70%-79%

Community Partners:

Pine Ridge Manor Residents, THA,Inc.

Activities:

In order to understand the health needs of the Pine Ridge community, we helped design, implement, and analyze a needs assessment. Following the assessment, we continue to work with the community on action steps for this ongoing project.

Title:

Building Acceptance, Building Community

Associated Course:

CN 395 Global Communication; Family Communication; Intensive English

Number of Students Involved:

50

% Course Involved in HICEP

10%-19%

Community Partners:

WU International House

Activities:

Students connected with those from the International House in intensive writing or speaking courses. They met up and both mentored the international students to customs and life of a college student, wihle at the same time faced their own perceptual biases.

Amy Memmer

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies

Title:

Community Mediation in Action

Associated Course: CJ 360 Independent Study - Community Mediation in Action
Number of Students Involved:

8

% Course Involved in HICEP

80%-89%

Community Partners:

Topeka Center for Peace and Justice

Activities:

Professors Memmer and Worsley developed a mediation program using the many features of HICEPs. The program provides students with practical, interactive experience that transforms the way they perceive and interact in their community and empowers them to work to promote positive change. Memmer and Worsley established a relationship with Lindsey Schwartz at the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice (TCPJ), and established a community partnership that provides Washburn students the opportunity to receive mediation training and conduct volunteer mediations. Students use WTE funding to pay for the required 16 hours of CORE mediation training. Students then participate in additional role plays to prepare them for future mediations. Then the students serve as volunteer mediators at the TCPJ, facilitating victim-offender mediations with youth. Additionally, students enroll in an independent study course designed to promote intellectual awareness of mediation techniques and reflection on their experience and connection with the community.

Jean Sanchez

Assistant Professor of Allied Heath

Title:

Bachelor of Health Science Capstone Internship

Associated Course: AL 480 Seminar in Healthcare
Number of Students Involved:

2

% Course Involved in HICEP

70%-79%

Community Partners:

Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved and other partnerships to be developed.

Activities:

This project involves some students completing the Capstone course in the BHS program. Interested students will be able to select a civic engagement internship with a healthcare community partner. A HICEP will give students "real world" experience working as leaders in a healthcare capacity. It will also provide opportunities for synthesis and integration of BHS coursework. HICEPs are excellent learning opportunities for students in healthcare professions as they allow immersion in their fields.

Karen Barron

Lecturer of English

Title:

Bods Fight Poverty

Associated Course: EN-101D & EN-101J Freshman Composition
Number of Students Involved:

44

% Course Involved in HICEP

30%-39%

Community Partners:

Executive Director of Community Action, Tawny Stottlemire,

Activities:

My two classes of Freshman Comp students (approximately 44 total) will be paired with a volunteer worker from Community Action, interview him/her and write a narrative (meaningful story) about why that person has chosen to work in a non-profit organization that fights poverty. Peer editing of the written piece will be built into the team arrangement. These stories will be used by Community Action primarily to include with grant proposals.

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.