Some people were asking me to post more information about the new course I put together last semester in Community Psychology. Ask and you shall receive! The implementation of the course and two anticipated follow up research projects resulted in a grant from the Association for American Schools and Colleges as part of their Bringing Theory to Practice Program which I am really excited about. You can watch a digital story video about the course creation below!
The basic gist of the course was taking a 4-credit “science lab” model and incorporating theory and research in community psychology while training students in skills in how to be allies to Dorchester’s Close to Home‘s domestic and sexual violence prevention campaign. I met with over 50 people to plan the course (including enrolled students) to create this new addition to the curriculum. In addition, presenters were brought in from other human/social services agencies to discuss prevention and community empowerment. The result was really outstanding and for their final project students put together a digital stories event to discuss the prevention of hate crimes and relationship violence on campus. We all really learned a lot together and it was an amazing experience. You can learn more about this by also joining the facebook group or youtube community!
I obtained a grant from the American Association for Colleges and Universities to work with two students to study the impact of the course on the students who took it and on the institution. The grant is posted on the AACU Website as well. Stay tuned for results.