Service Learning Reflection Sessions
Reflection is an integral part of service learning, and student attendance for at least one session is HIGHLY recommended. Check with your professor to find out if attendance at a reflection session is required for the course. Reflection sessions are specifically geared toward service-learning experiences. Students can sign-up for reflection sessions through MUEngage. Students who RSVP get priority entry for sessions. Arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes early for any reflection session will not be counted as a reflection session attendance. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all reflection sessions are online; please be mindful of the following:
- While online reflection sessions are shorter in time, it is more work. Students will receive materials to review BEFORE the online reflection session. Students must review the required material before the reflection session and come prepared to participate in the discussion. No participation means no attendance verification. Students will also receive information on how to join the reflection session via email.
- You must register for online reflection sessions. You cannot forward online log-in information to students who did not register for the online reflection session. We will monitor who is logging into the online space for reflection sessions.
- Registration for each online reflection session will close five days before starting that reflection session to ensure participants receive enough time to review the information before the reflection session.
- Due to limited space, do not register for a reflection session to hold your spot. Please be considerate of others.
- The number of students allowed for any online reflection session can depend on the number of Service Learning Program staff. We want to make sure the online space is manageable to have quality conversations on the service learning experience. We appreciate your patience.
Register for reflection sessions through your service learning course on MUEngage. Refer to this presentation on how to register for reflection sessions on MUEngage if you have questions.
Spring 2021 Reflection Sessions
This semester the Service Learning Program will center all reflection sessions on race, given the illuminated and continued racial injustice in our country. Please come prepared for real talk. Bring your authentic self, an open mind and heart, and be ready to think honestly about your values and experiences around race.
Introduction to Service Learning
Online: Thursday, February 11, 5:00pm-6:15pm
Students who are new to service learning are highly encouraged to attend this session to learn about expectations and strategies to get the most from this academic learning experience. Service Learning is a unique opportunity to integrate your learning between your traditional classroom and your community classroom, but what should you do as a student to help make those critical connections? This session will help you explore ways to interact with the organization positively you will serve and help you examine your comfort levels before you begin service.
**This session is strongly encouraged for those who have never participated in Service Learning. **
R1: The Lens Through Which I See the World
Online: Monday, February 22, 5:30pm-6:45pm
Online: Thursday, February 25, 6:00pm-7:15pm
How we see the world around us is shaped by our social identities and upbringing. Join us as we spend time reflecting on how our own story, situation, and context have shaped our values around social justice and, often, our own bias. One of the first steps in eliminating racism is understanding how our blind spots can perpetuate stereotypes and prejudice against other people.
R2: Whiteness and White Supremacy
Online: Thursday, March 11, 6:30pm-7:45pm
Online: Friday, March 12, 3:00pm-4:15pm
The work of dismantling racism requires white people to examine how white supremacy has shaped who they are and how they live their lives. In this session, we will divide into affinity groups, based on race, to explore the ways whiteness has both benefitted and hurt us. We will also explore how whiteness impacts our engagement with local communities. What does it mean when white students move into spaces primarily occupied by people of color, and how can we work together to create a more just world?
R3: Understanding the Local and National Fight to End Systemic Oppression
Online: Monday, March 29, 7:00pm-8:15pm
Online: Wednesday, March 31, 5:00pm-6:15pm
Black Lives Matter and other national and regional organizations have reignited movements to combat racism in the face of continued racial inequity. Some people view the tactics and strategies used by these organizations as too radical. How has your service learning experience highlighted the need to fight against oppression? We will examine our understanding of current movements during this reflection session and reflect on how they shape our viewpoints. We will also discuss ways to act and support local and national organizations fighting to end systemic oppression.
R4: Anti-Racist Work Through Advocacy
Online: Monday, April 26, 6:30pm-7:45pm
Online: Thursday, April 29, 6:00pm-7:15pm
Anti-racist work requires continued commitment. It is more than educating yourself; it is a constant evaluation of systems and power. Those who hold power must concede power to promote equality. What does concession of power look like at both the individual and systemic level? Anti-racist work also requires us to practice active advocacy. Being a true ally does not mean you stand by the sidelines and watch. During this reflection session, students will take a deep inventory of things they can do and the power they can concede to practice anti-racism.