Winter 2024 newsletter

New Civic Learning Lab Opens in Crossroads

The new Civic Learning Lab (CLL) inside the Crossroads Civic Engagement Center expands opportunities for UA students to engage in civic learning.

Shelton State and UA’s HomeFirst Team Up for Personal Finance 101

On September 14, students at Shelton State Community College benefited from a basic financial planning class dubbed “Financial Planning 101,” courtesy of The University of Alabama’s (UA) HomeFirst team. This collaborative effort between UA’s HomeFirst and Shelton State’s Collegiate 100® yielded valuable financial education for the students.

UA Exceeds Its 2023 United Way Campaign Goal

As the campus community prepares for the season of giving, the UA United Way Campaign leadership announced success in the 2023 campus campaign, sharing that the campus community exceeded its $400,000 goal by raising $401,643.09* to support families and individuals in need.

PELC Fosters Community of Public Engagement in Research, Service

The newly established Public Engagement Learning Community (PELC) creates space for researchers to discuss best practices for publicly engaged scholarship as part of a yearlong fellowship that began in 2022–2023.

From the Division of Community Affairs

BOA Talks Power of Connectivity During Fall 2023 Meeting.

The Community Affairs Board of Advisors concluded its fall 2023 meeting with a dinner and gala in the Diamonds Direct Ballroom at Regions Field in Birmingham, where members discussed new initiatives and learned the importance of connectivity from keynote speaker, Birmingham City Attorney Nicole King.

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UA sent a large delegation to the 2023 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference hosted by Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. The delegation included multiple presenters and panelists, as well as representation across all pre-conference workshops and the conference planning committee. 

A total of 392 high school freshmen visited campus during the four 9th-grade Vision Days sessions held throughout the fall. Fifteen high schools from 10 counties throughout Alabama attended. Six hundred forty-one seniors visited during the seven senior sessions, representing 25 high schools from 19 counties throughout Alabama.

The Council on Community-Based Partnerships held its first off-campus Council Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the New Heights Community Resource Center as part of a commitment the Council made last year to begin meeting once a semester in the community. The meeting was well-attended, with more than 40 in attendance to hear from campus and community partners about the work they are doing.

Spring calendar snapshot

January 12 Realizing the Dream Banquet

January 14 Realizing the Dream Concert

January 18 Parent Teacher Leadership Academy

January 19 Community-Engaged Learning Fellows

January 23, 24, 30, 31 Vision Days

January 23 Tuscaloosa’s Many Voices Summit

January 23 SCOPE Leadership Academy

January 30 Global Café 

February 3 STEM Showcase

February 7, 15, 22 Vision Days

February 8 Council on Community-Based Partnerships

February 13 SCOPE Leadership Academy

February 14 Spring Neighborhood Partnership Committee

February 15  Parent Teacher Leadership Academy

February 16 Community-Engaged Learning Fellows

February 20 SCOPE

February 27  Parent Teacher Leadership Academy on the Road

February 29  Parent Teacher Leadership Academy on the Road

March 1 Global Café 

March 1 Emerging Community Engagement Scholars

March 1 Winning Grants & Sustaining Communities

March 5 SCOPE Leadership Academy

March 5 Parent Teacher Leadership Academy on the Road

March 6 Get Out the Vote Collaborative Meeting

March 7 Parent Teacher Leadership Academy on the Road

March 18–April 1 Realizing the Dream Essay and Art Contest Art Display

March 21 SCOPE

March 26 Global Café 

March 28 Council on Community-Based Partnerships Meeting

March 28 Realizing the Dream Essay and Art Contest Winners Reception

April 5 Community-Engaged Learning Fellows

April 11 Excellence in Community Engagement Awards 

April 11 Parent Teacher Leadership Academy Graduation

April 16 Global Café 

April 18 You Make UA Great

April 21–23 Board of Advisors

May 8–10 New Faculty Community Engagement Tour