This course is designed to enable a small group of students (4-8) to work with a community partner and a faculty member to engage in an academically-based investigation that meets an existing need as identified by the community partner. The faculty member designs the academic component, providing readings and at least 1 credit hour of academic content per week. The faculty member also mentors the student(s) through the research and practical process of providing an analysis and/or deliverable to the community partner. The process may involve some or all of the following components: Literature review of previous research on the topic, needs assessment, development of a research proposal and project design, completion of an IRB application, follow-through with the IRB recommendations and approval process, development of research/marketing/analysis materials, data analysis, and presentation of the work through writing, conference presentation, or Lasell presentation. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Students may enroll in the course for up to two semesters.
SVL219X - Cultural Competence in Social Justice
This course explores issues related to cultural competence – having the attitude, knowledge, and skills to effectively connect and work with people of different cultures. This course will help students foster a sense of self-awareness about various identity dimensions (e.g., their culture, sexual orientation, sex, gender, ethnicity, race, and religion), and examine the ways these aspects of identity influence their perceptions of and interactions with others. Students will analyze course readings, films, online resources from various colleges, and participate in experiential exercises, in order to engage course content both intellectually and emotionally. In addition, students will collaborate in small groups to design and deliver programs and interventions to foster a more inclusive and welcoming environment at Lasell. This course is highly participatory.
SVL203 - Env Service-Learning in Ecuador
This fall semester course is linked to ten days of service-learning and study in Ecuador during January break. The course is designed to educate students about the history, people, culture, politics, eco-systems, climate, and language of Ecuador. The experience in Ecuador includes group accommodations in home-stays or lodges, full days of travel, outdoor manual labor and reflective intellectual work. We learn through service alongside community members at foundations, schools, government agencies, and local businesses. The goal of both the course and the experience is to immerse students in the culture of Ecuador, while exploring the natural environment and the impact humans have over time. Students must apply and may only register with the permission of the Ecuador program director.
SVL202 - Introduction to Community Organizations
This course provides a forum for community service house residents to explore challenging service opportunities. The residents have opportunities to examine past service experience in order to identify more clearly with a cause or find an area about which they wish to learn more. They also have opportunities to research service needs for Greater Boston or for their hometowns, and to challenge themselves to envision events that would meet those needs. The course explores different ways of gaining insight into and knowledge of the service-learning field through discussion, peer-led activities, reflection, learning circles, and guest speakers. The materials and discussion serve to empower the residents to find and/or initiate meaningful service events. Open only to service house residents. Pass/Fail.
SVL213X - Peer Mentoring at the Boys & Girls Club
This service-learning / civic engagement course questions the politics, challenges and opportunities of developing non-academic youth mentoring programs in Boys & Girls Clubs. Using an appreciative inquiry model, students will analyze Mentoring at the Boys & Girls Clubs from the lens of race, class, gender, culture, and power relations. Through fieldwork, course readings, class discussions, and guest lectures, students will develop an understanding of what it means to be a youth in the margins of the inner cities of Boston and the role of a mentor in supporting the growth and development of these youth. The fieldwork portion of this course requires students to apply their learnings 2 hours per week as a mentor at the South Boston Boys & Girls Club. Students will be expected to participate in programming within the Early College Awareness and Access Partnership of Lasell and the SBC. Transportation will be provided.
SVL212X - Promoting Activism
The class offers students the unique opportunity to profoundly alter the landscape of their own community. The class will explore and develop a grassroots college-based social justice and human rights movement designed to directly impact and improve the experience of their local, city and state communities.
Using, by example, the current and very public efforts by students nationwide to enact social change around sexual and domestic violence on college campuses, the students will create and implement their own multi-pronged campaign to inspire a cultural shift on their own campus, the larger Newton community and statewide with respect to domestic and sexual violence. With guidance and support from local and statewide activists and using a human rights lens, the students will innovate programs, community collaborations and other efforts to increase education and prevention with respect to sexual and domestic violence perpetrated on college campuses. Using the power of your voices and your activism, this exciting class will transform the very community in which you live, learn and socialize.
SVL207 - Seminar for Accounting Facilitators
In this course, student facilitators are trained to work with the instructor in support of the connected learning project of Monopoly in Financial Accounting - BUSS 201. The student facilitators participate in the weekly classes by providing individual and group instruction and supervision. The facilitators also work with students as they complete their project providing the necessary tutoring to enhance the students learning of accounting.
SVL209 - Seminar for Math Tutors
This course is about learning to tutor, and tutoring to understand mathematics in depth. It targets Math Minors (and other students who are strong in math) and trains them as tutors/mentors for peers who need extra math help. Students maintain a journal of their weekly tutoring experience (one hour a week in the Academic Achievement Center) and participate in a weekly MATH SENSE seminar, which is a discussion-based training/coaching class. They are provided with special guidelines, math tutoring tips, problem solving strategies, and communication skills to improve their math knowledge and tutoring skills. Here, they also get the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences from tutoring math. Permission of the instructor required.
SVL104 - Seminar for Writing Tutors
In this course, students are trained as peer writing tutors and work two hours per week with peer tutees. Students participate in weekly seminars and individual tutoring supervision; preparation involves assigned readings and both reflective and analytic writing on the tutoring experience.
SVL204 - Seminar in Speech Tutoring
In this course, students are trained as peer speech tutors. They participate in bi-weekly seminars and individual tutoring supervision. In addition, students keep journals of their weekly tutoring experience one hour per week in the Academic Achievement Center. Preparation involves assigned readings and both reflective and analytic writing on the tutoring experience. The weekly seminar is a discussion-based training/coaching class where students have the opportunity to share training/coaching class. They are provided with special guidelines, oral communication tutoring tips, problem-solving strategies, and communication skills to improve their oral communication knowledge and tutoring skills. Here, they also get the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences from tutoring speech. Permission of instructor required.
SVL115 - Service Learning
This course is linked to three- or four-credit courses across the curriculum. Course content includes both 15 – 20 hours of community service and related written and/ or oral assignments. Students wishing to enroll in an SVL Linked-Credit course must have the permission of the instructor. Restrictions: Students may enroll for only one SVL Linked-Credit in a given semester; students may complete up to, but no more than, three SVL Linked- Credits towards completion of the bachelor’s degree. To receive credit and a grade for an SVL linked option, students must receive a passing grade in the host course. The SVL Linked-Credit cannot be taken pass/fail, and cannot be linked to a course that is taken pass/fail. This credit counts toward an unrestricted elective. It does not satisfy other degree requirements unless authorized by an academic department.
SVL301 - Service learning Internship
The Service-Learning Internship provides individually arranged participation in a community-based or other non-profit organization in which the student provides 150 hours meaningful service to that organization. Students may also be placed at a for-profit organization to work on a service project for the community. The primary area of responsibility rests with the student in identifying and pursuing the internship, with the support of the Center for Community-Based Learning. Students meet regularly with the Director of the CCBL to discuss the internship. Evaluation of the internship is based on the students' reflections about that experience, a site visit, and communication with the internship site supervisor. Students may do six credits of service-learning internships. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing and the approval of the Director of the CCBL and the agency representative are required. This internship fulfills unrestricted elective credit; it does not supplant any internship requirement within a major.
SVL201 - Service Learning Internship
The Service-Learning Internship provides individually arranged participation in a community-based or other non-profit organization in which the student provides 100 hours of meaningful service to that organization. Students may also be placed at a for-profit organization to work on a service project for the community. The primary area of responsibility rests with the student in identifying and pursuing the internship, with support of the Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL). Students meet regularly with the Director of the CCBL to discuss the internship. Evaluation of the internship is based on the students' reflections about that experience, a site visit, and communication with the internship site supervisor. Students may do six credits of service-learning internships. Prerequisite: At least sophomore standing and the approval of the Director of the CCBL and the agency representative are required. This internship fulfills unrestricted elective credit; it does not supplant any internship requirement within a major.
SVL111X - Service-Learning to Make a Difference
This one-credit intergenerational service course will include residents from Lasell Village as well as students at Lasell College. We will explore a pressing social problem -- such as sustainability/going green, immigration -- or the upcoming national presidential election. The group will decide together on the issue and we will partner with an organization to provide a service to that organization. Class will be held at Lasell Village.
SVL206 - Student Academic Counselors
This course provides upper class Social Science majors with the opportunity of mentoring two or three first year social science majors during their first semester at Lasell. The student counselors meet with a faculty member once every two weeks to plan activities for the students they are mentoring during the week in between meetings. They meet with their tutees in the planned activity every other week. The student counselors evaluate each activity, and at the end of the semester write a summative evaluation reflecting on the mentoring process and making recommendations for improving the experience. One goal is to develop a portfolio of activities and interactions that help first year students evaluate the match between themselves and the major and become identified with the social science department academically.
SVL108 - SVL: Tax Volunteer
This course consists of study and training in federal income taxation, as well as tax return preparation using IRS software for electronic filing. Students also learn how to file Massachusetts returns electronically and conduct research on selected federal and state income tax issues. After passing a proficiency test at the conclusion of the training, students receive an IRS certificate. The test is provided by the IRS and requires the students to recognize tax status and income issues in the preparation of appropriate tax returns. Upon being certified by the IRS, students can prepare basic tax returns in the program without personal liability. Using computer software, students prepare and electronically file taxpayers’ returns as a community service. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
SVL214X - Tanzania: Shoulder to Shoulder
The basic service mission of this trip is to offer two weeks of English as a second language to grades one through seven in a rural Tanzanian school. What we offer, in terms of service, is essentially three things: we provide mentoring in basic English (and some math) skills to all students in a rural Tanzanian elementary school As part of the course we will develop a working ESL-type curriculum to use in the school. Since we also model small group and active learning, we will develop lesson plans and strategies for our mentoring. Our experience in Uganda is that many teachers are quite interested in our techniques and approaches, and often they will adapt them to their classroom teaching. We also provide a relationship which, ideally, we will develop over time – but even in a single visit our students provide role modeling, coaching, and encouragement to students whose exposure to the world beyond their immediate experience is somewhat limited. Much of the rest of the work in this course is an introduction to African, and Tanzanian, culture, history, and issues. Students will be expected to do considerable reading, to help design and deliver the curriculum, and to reflect on their experience in writing (most likely via a journal and a final reflection paper). The majority of the work of the course will take place during the trip itself, from mid-May to early June. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor