summer 2022 newsletter
UA Student Reflects on Vision Days
My name is Ashton Fisher, and I am a junior studying criminal justice at The University of Alabama. I have been working with the Center for Community-Based Partnerships along with the international community since my freshman year. However, only recently, I have begun working with Vision Days for high school students, which has become one of my most memorable experiences of college so far.
STEM Entrepreneurship Academy Connects Faculty with Community
Whether measuring traffic flow or programming computers, high school students participating in the STEM Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA) July 10–15 explored career paths in STEM through mini sessions held at The University of Alabama and conducted by UA faculty.
BLAST Academy Launches for K–6 Students, Encourages Summer Learning
BLAST Academy (Building Leaders Through the Arts, STEM and Teamwork), whose name describes its mission, is a new summer enrichment program for K–6 students that launched in July.
Children Reach New Heights with Swim to the Top
Held annually during June at the Benjamin Barnes Branch of the YMCA, Swim to the Top encourages children to reach the “top” in all aspects of life through swim instruction and additional learning in STEM enrichment, art and physical education for children 4–14.
From the Division of Community Affairs
Effective Aug. 1, 2022, our Saving Lives program, as well as our efforts with the Tuscaloosa Consortium for Higher Education, will be housed in the Office of the Vice President for Community Affairs.
We thank and applaud Dr. Nicole Prewitt, director of programs and partnerships for community engagement, on her leadership of these programs and are excited about the creation and growth of new programs and initiatives that are emerging under her leadership.
UA HomeFirst Program Recognized by International Town and Gown Association. Learn more.
At the recent annual conference of the International Town and Gown Association (ITGA), held at Clemson University, The University of Alabama’s HomeFirst program received a 2022 ITGA Presidential Excellence Award.
Carol Agomo, director of Community and Administrative Affairs, is co-chair of the Outreach and Engagement Practitioner Network pre-conference session. Learn more.
The OEPN pre-conference session will take place at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium on Sept. 19–20. The theme is, “The Boundary Spanners Journey: From Roots to Wings.”
Alabama Fulbright Association Selects Dr. Beverly Hawk for Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn more.
Beverly Hawk, director of Global and Community Engagement, is the recipient of the Alabama Fulbright Association Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the first person to receive the award, which recognizes her many contributions and years of service to the Fulbright mission of mutual understanding through international educational exchange. She announced her retirement from the University and the Division of Community Affairs on May 13. Since she was hired in 2012, Hawk has directed Global Café and advised Fulbright applicants. Under her leadership, UA has won national recognition as a Fulbright Student Top Producer five of the last seven years. A total of 108 students have received Fulbright awards during her tenure.
Congratulations to Dr. Jackson Harris on successfully defending his dissertation, “Modeling the Structural Dynamics of Our Public Spheres.”
His research offers a theoretical model for how polarization threatens to disintegrate democratic publics while also highlighting the importance of relationship-building and civic engagement. The theoretical model produced by the dissertation arose directly from the work of UA’s Crossroads Civic Engagement Center, where he serves as assistant director. Situated at the intersection of theory and practice, the theoretical model responds directly to the question, “How should we be developing engaged citizens in an era of toxic polarization?” His hope is that by being able to theorize how our public and communication networks are disintegrating, we can more effectively do the work of reversing toxic polarization and creating strong connections between diverse communities and people.
UA Students Receive U.S. Fulbright Program Awards for 2022–2023. Learn more.
The Fulbright Program has selected 18 University of Alabama students for various awards for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Lane McLelland, director of the Crossroads Civic Engagement Center, is leading a collaborative research project with colleagues at C&IS and the University of Georgia to study the post-graduate impact of undergraduate participation in dialogue-based courses.
Jackson Harris, assistant director of the Crossroads Civic Engagement Center, presented political communication research and civic education strategies at the International Communication Association conference in Paris on May 26–30.
He also traveled to Perry and Walker Counties to help facilitate learning for UA students engaged in community-based learning experiences. This includes the Honors College’s University Fellows Experience and New College’s Jean O’Connor-Snyder Internship Program.
Lane McLelland and Jackson Harris presented several lines of research at the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference in Minneapolis June 21–24.
Lane has been serving on the national steering committee for this conference.
Sam Robson interned at Crossroads this summer through New College's Levitetz Summer Internship Scholarship.
He represented the Crossroads at Bama Bound sessions throughout the summer and worked on student voting resources for the 2022 election season.
Crossroads hosted summer workshops, delivering CIVshop modules to a wide range of partners including the College of Continuing Studies, Student Government Association, Bryant Conference Center staff and undergraduate research program in engineering.
We are pleased to welcome our new and returning graduate assistants back to campus!
Xiangyan (Sophia) Xiong
fall calendar snapshot
August 31 Fall NPC Meeting
September 2 Emerging Community Engagement Scholars
September 6 SCOPE
September 8 Vision Days Freshmen
September 9 Community-Engaged Learning Fellows
September 13 Vision Days Freshmen
September 13 SCEC Leadership Academy
September 15 Vision Days Freshmen
September 15 Parent Teacher Leadership Academy
September 16 Emerging Community Engagement Scholars
September 19 Vision Days Ambassadors and Legacy Students
September 19–20 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Pre-Conference
September 21–22 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference
September 26–29 Roll the Vote
September 27–29 Vision Days Seniors
September 27 Global Café
September 29 Council on Community-Based Partnerships
September 30 Emerging Community Engagement Scholars
October 3 You Make UA Great
October 3 SCOPE
October 4 Realizing the Dream Lecture Series
October 4–6 Vision Days Seniors
October 7 Community-Engaged Learning Fellows
October 10 Vision Days Ambassadors and Legacy Students
October 11 SCEC Leadership Academy
October 11 Global Café
October 14 Emerging Community Engagement Scholars
October 20 Parent Teacher Leadership Academy
October 23–25 Fall Board of Advisors Meeting
October 24 Vision Days Ambassadors and Legacy Students
October 25 Global Café
October 13 United Way Kickoff
November 1 SCOPE
November 4 Emerging Community Engagement Scholars
November 7 Vision Days Ambassadors and Legacy Students
November 8 SCEC Leadership Academy
November 10 Greene County HomeFirst Coach Training and Retreat
November 15 Global Café
November 17 Council on Community-Based Partnerships Meeting
November 28 Vision Days Ambassadors and Legacy Students
December 1 United Way Celebration
December 1 Parent Teacher Leadership Academy
December 2 Community-Engaged Learning Fellows
December 5 Winning Grants and Sustaining Communities