Reaching Out, Encountering Dayton, Acting with Others, Leading Together: Assessing College Student Experiences in a Community Engagement Program
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.
Anya Galli Robertson
Primary Advisor's Department
Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Stander Symposium project, 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" (2020). Stander Symposium Projects. 1870.