The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Ginsberg Director Mary Jo Callan to Carry On the Work of Social Justice at Brown University

As some of you may already know, the Ginsberg Center’s director, Mary Jo Callan, has accepted an exciting opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of the Swearer Center for Public Service and Associate Dean for Engaged Scholarship at Brown University. While we are, of course, saddened to lose Mary Jo, we are excited by the work she’ll do to further social justice and equity in her new position.

Ginsberg Center's Former Director Mary Jo Callan

Supporting Critical Reflection in Community-Engaged Learning

Reflection is a critical component of community-engaged courses and programs. Reflection supports meaning-making, and regular reflection activities help students connect their community engagement experience to course or program learning objectives. The resources in this post offer guidance, examples and further reading around reflection.

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Well-Being and Civic Engagement

Civic engagement not only benefits our communities, but has positive benefits for us as individuals, reducing isolation and creating connections with people and institutions beyond ourselves. When students are engaged in making the world better, in addition to advancing student learning, there is the added benefit of improving individual well-being. This overview of research findings indicate that altruism & civic engagement contribute to emotional and mental well-being.

8-petaled flower for 8 elements of U-M well-being model: physical, emotional & mental, environmental, financial, occupational, social, intellectual, spiritual


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What Pathways are you on to create social change?

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