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Bentley Service Learning Center to Host "Students as Colleagues" Conference, November 2 & 3

October 24, 2006

The Bentley-Service Learning Center (BSLC) will host a two-day event entitled "Students as Colleagues Institute: Expanding the Circle of Service-Learning Leadership" on November 2 and 3, 2006. Focused on the student's role, the Institute will share successful models for nurturing and utilizing student leaders in academic service-learning programs. Teams will analyze the different roles that students play in designing and facilitating community-based assignments, programs and partnerships.


The Institute is co-sponsored by Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) and New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE). It will be attended by students, faculty and service-learning coordinators from around the country.


Interactive workshops will focus on three core themes:


  • Finding and Training Student Leaders: Reviews the strategies that colleges and universities use to recruit, train and retain service-learning student leaders.


    • Student-Designed Academic Work: Focuses on the significant role that students play in designing and executing their own academic service projects.


      • Students as Colleagues: Examines the many types of substantive leadership roles that students assume in service-learning programs.


        "We know it's crucial for students to learn outside the classroom by taking an active role in their communities and, increasingly, so do students," says Professor Franklyn Salimbene, Bentley's Director of Service-Learning. "In addition to taking part in service-learning as part of a course, many of our students are also helping to design and lead programs. That puts Bentley in a perfect position to host a forward-thinking institute like this."


        The event's keynote speaker will be Professor Edward Zlotkowski, who founded the Bentley Service-Learning Center in 1990. Since then the center has grown to involve all of Bentley's undergraduate academic departments and several thousand students. Bentley's service-learning program has been recognized as one of the best programs of its kind in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Also, based on the strength of Bentley's service-learning program, Princeton Review named Bentley a College with a Conscience.


        The Bentley Service-Learning Center promotes academic learning and development through service. BSLC believes that students' community involvement outside of the classroom contributes significantly to what they learn within it. This student community involvement assists community partners in serving the human needs and interests of their constituencies in Waltham and the greater Boston community.


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