The College of Biological Sciences Student Services has been selected as a member of the 2014-15 NASPA Lead Initiative. This special initiative provides a forum for sharing best practices around civic learning and democratic engagement. The Lead Initiative brings together colleges and universities across the country doing exemplary work in these areas. As participants in the initiative, CBS Student Services will share insights into building community and engagement among students based on the success of the Dean’s Scholars program, which includes a strong service learning component.
“Usually, campus-level student affairs offices are chosen to participate, so that makes the fact that they chose an individual college unique,” says Meaghan Miller Thul, assistant director of CBS Student Services. “It is an incredible acknowledgement of the work we are doing.”
Participating institutions agree to work toward building clear and tangible civic learning and democratic engagement activities into student affairs division strategic goals and learning outcomes; collect and report data on the efficacy of campus efforts using tools that measure gains in civic learning and democratic engagement; and create strategies in collaboration with students that increase civic learning and help solve community problems through collective action.