Reaching Out, Encountering Dayton, Acting with Others, Leading Together: Assessing College Student Experiences in a Community Engagement Program

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Reaching Out, Encountering Dayton, Acting with Others, Leading Together: Assessing College Student Experiences in a Community Engagement Program

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Lily Hannibal

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This presentation was given live via Zoom at 12:15 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

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The inclusion of community engaged learning opportunities for students is becoming more prevalent among institutions of higher education. The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of REAL Dayton, a community engagement program at a mid-sized Catholic and Marianist university. REAL Dayton encourages students to create sustained relationships and lasting connections with the broader community. I use a multi-method approach (pre/post surveys and semi-structured interviews) to assess how community engagement within the city of Dayton shapes University of Dayton students' attitudes towards and perceptions of Dayton. I explore participants’ previous levels of community engagement and interaction with Daytonians, how they understand connectivity between the University of Dayton and the city of Dayton, the perceptions that participants have of the city, their knowledge of the city, their likelihood of future engagement, and the effectiveness of the program. The findings demonstrate how students understand their community engagement experiences, what impact it has on them, and to what extent community engagement constructs students’ perceptions. This research will further enhance understandings of the effects and outcomes of community engagement programs on students.

Publication Date

4-22-2020

Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Anya Galli Robertson

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Keywords

Stander Symposium Posters, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Reaching Out, Encountering Dayton, Acting with Others, Leading Together: Assessing College Student Experiences in a Community Engagement Program

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