This site provides incoming Honors Scholars with information on the various community organizations our freshmen honors students have the option of partnering with in conjunction with their Honors Colloquium course during their second semester at UB.
Honors Colloquium is a two (2) credit service-learning course which all Honors College freshmen are required to take the spring semester of their first academic year. Through tours, guest speakers, readings, and most importantly, your twenty (20) hours of service in the community, students will learn about the challenges and opportunities currently facing the city of Buffalo. This course can be viewed as an intermediary phase in the students’ development as engaged citizens. Over the course of the semester, the students’ stories will unfold through both their service and their written and oral reflections; this journey of self-discovery and community awareness will ideally encourage students to appreciate the powerful agency they can affect as engaged citizens of their world. Specifically, the course introduces first-year Honors College students to civic engagement in the city of Buffalo through interdisciplinary dialogues. Students explore divergent perspectives through real world experiences, classroom reflection, self-discovery, intellectual engagement, and an organized service activity that addresses a specific need in the community. Through critical and reflective thinking, students gain the knowledge and skills (i.e., cross-cultural competency, ethical reasoning, etc.) necessary to become engaged citizens in the Buffalo region and beyond. Students’ viewpoints are broadened through peer-to-peer facilitation as they learn how to apply theory to practice.
Every year the Honors College partners with a number of community organizations, all of which are actively making Buffalo a better place to live in. Students are asked to take a look at our Community Partners page and examine the organizations that we have worked with in the past, based on your investigations you may then complete and submit the Honors Colloquium Request Form where you will select your top five (5) community service-learning track preferences, which we will then use to match you with an organization.
- Education: Provides educational services for students P-16 that may include but not limited to: tutoring, teaching basic computer skills, serving as a classroom assistant, conducting workshops and/or after school activities, mentoring, college prep, gallery host, school readiness skills, assist education curator in programming based exhibitions for diverse audiences, promoting camp activities, training, assist with college application process, developing presentation materials, work with teachers/students in mentoring STEM education programs in public schools, facilitating life skills, etc.
- Environmental Sustainability and Neighborhood Revitalization: Assists with the re-development of the Buffalo community through service projects primarily performed outdoors, including but not limited to, tree planting, refurbishing homes, removal of graffiti, community garden work, research strategies for litter reduction, hands-on building, housing rehabilitation, etc.
- Community Health: Assist with providing services in the medical community including but not limited to, medical outreach, blood drive hosts, sponsors and volunteers, program planning, working with elderly in a nursing home or community care facility, healthcare education, etc.
- Social Justice and Community Organization: Provide support to community organizations in the City of Buffalo that represent a diverse group of people through collaboration that helps to build civic engagement capacity through the utilization of social justice strategies. Some work may include: engaging residents to register to vote, coordinating discussions around socio-economic issues, addressing inequity in the workforce, research focus groups, serving on a board and/or planning committee, etc.
- Non-Profit and Small Business: Assist non-profit agencies with behind-the-scenes tasks that are administrative in nature, focused on specialized projects and/or coordinating events, including but not limited to: fundraising, grant research and writing, community organization, member services, data entry, marketing, PR, serve on committees, leadership task force, communications, editing and design project support, etc.
- International Services (i.e., asylum seekers, refugee populations, etc.): Provides assistance to men, women, and children that may have recently migrated to the United States from other countries by providing support services in a variety of areas including but not limited to: teaching basic cultural customs, tutoring, program development, etc.
- Housing and Human Service Programs: Supports the basic needs of the community through a variety of human services programs that support healthy living throughout the City of Buffalo, including but not limited to, meal preparation, working with the homeless, assist with running a shelter, prepare thrift store donations, public awareness outreach, stock pantry, activities with developmentally disability adults, sort and hang clothing, etc.
Last updated: January 03, 2017 10:44 am EST