Tomorrow will be a big day for me and for our efforts here at The University of Alabama to forge linkages between undergraduate research and engagement with our communities around the state.
I’ve been invited to share with the Walker County Community-Based Research Internship group that is stationed in the city of Jasper, northwest of Birmingham.
Most, if not all of the students in the class have made a commitment to civic engagement as a minor through the University’s New College.
The push for undergraduate student community-based research has involved a number students from other units on the campus here in Tuscaloosa. Now, we’re looking to more formally link campus-wide engagement with actual classes or internship experiences that are being offered on campus.
We’re scheduled to have lunch in historic downtown Jasper.
Among the topics on tap for tomorrow– a recent news report about the life expectancy for women in Walker County, Ala.
As one of the co-conveners for UA’s Scholars for Community Outreach Partnership and Engagement (SCOPE), I will be spending the day with the students who are now in their fourth week on their summer experience.
It should be fun.