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Published February 15, 2013, 04:17 PM

Regional Schools Aim to Get Students More Involved in Communities

Faculty from colleges and universities around the region want to come up with ways to get students more involved in their communities. The first regional roundtable on Campus-Community Engagement was held at UND Friday to try to achieve that.

Faculty from colleges and universities around the region want to come up with ways to get students more involved in their communities. The first regional roundtable on Campus-Community Engagement was held at UND Friday to try to achieve that.

Faculty from 13 different campuses met at UND's Memorial Union to learn about what community engagement and service learning projects are going on at each University. One example of the UND conference is an exercise that has students go out into the Near Northside Neighborhood to do their school work. Lana Rakow, UND Center for Community Engagement, "They mapped the sidewalk, the changing crime rate, they mapped improvements in the houses and services available. It's a terrific way for students to learn and then look at the benefits that neighborhood reaps from what they did." That information gets used by the Neighborhood Association, benefiting both the city and students. The Regional Roundtable allows colleagues to share these different ways of getting involved to fit the needs of both the students and communities. The ultimate goal is for campuses to collaborate on future projects in each community.

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