Using University-Community Partnerships to Stimulate Critical Thinking

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This poster session will describe the use of university-community partnerships to stimulate students' critical thinking. The objective is to encourage faculty to incorporate service learning projects in their courses that rely on university-community partnerships. The intended audience is full and part-time university faculty and students interested in engaging with communities. All too often learning is divorced from real life settings, thus, limiting the acquisition of critical thinking. In this poster, a service learning project implemented in a graduate level community health analysis course will be described. A total of eight graduate students and the professor partnered with a local Pastor who was interested in providing health education for his congregation. The professor assessed health needs and students along with the Pastor decided to address healthy eating and physical activity. Over the course of one month, students met with the Pastor and designed the intervention. The intervention involved an interactive health education session, a healthy recipe demonstration, dissemination of a healthy soul food cookbook, and a biggest maintainer contest implemented over the holidays.


University System of Georgia Teaching and Learning Conference (USG)


Athens, GA