In addition to balancing work and families, many of the students in the accelerated cohort have also engaged in activities like research and community engagement. Read below to learn more about some of the highlighted activities of students in the Liberal Studies Accelerated leadership Cohort.
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The office of Community Engagement awarded this program and it's community partners the 2017 Distinguished Engagement Initiative Award.
Over an intensive 19-month period, students in the Accelerated Liberal Studies Leadership Program complete their degrees in the context of deep community partnerships. Faculty and students in the Grand Rapids cohort work closely with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Challenge Scholars program, Harrison Park School, and the West Grand Neighborhood Organization to develop skills leaders use and communities require. These include listening, dialogue, understanding context, and prototyping and testing interventions. Now in its third year, this multi-course partnership has led to ongoing student initiatives, such as a Walking School Bus program and Housing Resource Kits in both English and Spanish. Learners are transformed from consuming knowledge to co-producing knowledge and are empowered as local change-agents and civic leaders.
Congratulations Anessa Fehsenfeld, winner of the Liberal Studies Outstanding Students Award
Grace Johnson found a job that capitalizes on her leadership skills and passion for neighborhood revitalization. Her role as economic development specialist for Neighborhood Ventures sprung from Johnson's internship with the organization. Read the full article about here experiences. Through her time in the accelerated cohort Grace also had the opportunity to present at the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies conference with a team of several faculty members.
Richard Campbell, a student in the Liberal Studies Accelerated Leadership Cohort program, connected his engineering firm with Disability Network-Lakeshore (DNL) to develop a product that streamlines the process of installing permanent residential wheelchair ramps which often difficult.
Read the full story on how the CAD model is simplifying the process for residents to acquire a building permit before installation.