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Reflection During Embedded Community Engagement Workshop


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2018 SLI's Reflection During Embedded Community Engagement Workshop

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Reflection During Embedded Community Engagement Workshop

  1. 1. Reflection During Embedded Community Engagement Liz Aguilar, Bonner Scholar, DePauw Doug Harms, Faculty, DePauw Bonner SLI, June 2018
  2. 2. Workshop Outline ● Introductions ● Workshop Goals ● Embedded vs. Non-embedded Experiences ● Stages of Embedded Experience and Reflection Activities
  3. 3. Introductions - Liz Aguilar ● Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs ● DePauw University, Class of 2018 ○ Major: Biochemistry, Minors: Spanish and Computer Science ● Reflection Leader of Winter Term in Service to Nicaragua (2017) ● Fulbright Scholar Alternate (‘18): Research Grant to Sweden ● Served as previous Senior Intern and Class Chair of Bonner Program ● Will join incoming PhD class at University of Washington Seattle - Genome Sciences
  4. 4. Introductions - Doug Harms ● Pronouns: he/him/his ● Professor of Computer Science at DePauw University ● Led 8 Winter Term In Service (WTIS) Courses: ○ El Salvador ○ Nicaragua ○ Juárez, Mexico ○ San Diego ● Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria in 2004-05 ● Works closely with Bonner Scholars at DePauw ● Member of CoCoDA Board
  5. 5. Workshop Goals ● Provide participants with suggestions on how to effectively prepare for an embedded experience ● Tools for reflection during travel and civic engagement abroad ● What leadership on embedded experiences looks like ● Deconstructing white privilege/savior complex while abroad during reflections/discussions ● Mock reflection exercises
  6. 6. Peer Introductions: What are Your Goals? ● Name & pronouns ● Where are you from? ● What do you hope to get out of this session?
  7. 7. Embedded vs Non- Embedded Experiences
  8. 8. Embedded vs. Non-Embedded Experiences ● An “Embedded Experience” involves community engagement in which the participant is immersed in the community that the participant is not a member of, essentially 24/7 for an extended period of time ● Examples could include short term service trips, semester long community engagement experiences, and multi-year experiences (e.g., Peace Corps)
  9. 9. Embedded vs. Non-Embedded Experiences ● Reflection is critical in both Embedded and Non-Embedded experiences ● PARE Model ○ Preparation ○ Action ○ Reflection ○ Evaluation
  10. 10. Embedded vs. Non-Embedded Experiences ● Reflection in embedded experiences offers some additional challenges not usually found in non-embedded experiences (at least not to the same degree) ○ Challenging to “step away” from the experience ○ Easy to fall into the “savior” complex ○ Culture issues ■ Language ■ Customs ■ Norms ■ Culture shock
  11. 11. Culture Shock ● Four stages of culture shock: ○ Honeymoon ○ Frustration ○ Adjustment ○ Acceptance ● Participants will often be at different stages at any point in time
  12. 12. What does it mean to Reflect?
  13. 13. Let’s Unpack What it means to Reflect “Critical reflection is the process of analyzing, reconsidering, and questioning one’s experiences within a broad context of issues and content knowledge” (Jacoby, Service-Learning Essentials, 2014). Typically for participants we see themes in discussions relevant to their experiences in: ● Academic connection ● Community voice/connection and feelings about service ● Collaboration ● Personal and critical reflection
  14. 14. The 4 C’s of Reflection Eyler, Giles, and Schmiede (1996)
  15. 15. What? So What? What’s Next? Many reflection exercises are designed to encourage movement through these three increasingly analytic phases of the reflective process toward more complex understandings of the issues involved in the service-learning experience.
  16. 16. A Pre-Departure Exercise: Privilege Lists
  17. 17. Directions 1. In groups of 2-3, write down what privileges are most important to your identity. (1-3 with 1 being of greatest privilege) 2. Let’s discuss/reflect!
  18. 18. LEt’s Examine Reflection in an Embedded Context
  19. 19. Pre-Departure: Anxiety, Anticipation, and Excitement What do I expect to get out of this experience? What are the goals and what am I anticipating the most? Any worries?
  20. 20. Arrival: Surreal, Naivety, More Anticipation What impact did arrival have on you? Are you beginning to consider adjustment challenges?
  21. 21. Acclimation: Homesickness, Culture Shock How did you define civic engagement back at home? Who is your greatest inspiration? Describe a time when you realized you were in a position of privilege.
  22. 22. Being Present: Acknowledgment, Curiosity Do you believe that a project of _________ time period is feasible to develop community engagement skills?
  23. 23. Analyzing Impact: Criticism, Humility Describe someone locally who has impacted your stay. When you tell this story to others, how do you plan to tell it? How does the story end?
  24. 24. Departure: Regression, TRanslation What sentiments do you feel leaving this embedded project and the community it serves? Did you feel as though you connected well with the community you served? Can you see that this type of work can be beneficial or damaging? To who?
  25. 25. Tools To Avoid Being White Savior Barbie