PROMOTES ENGAGEMENT THROUGH SERVICE-LEARNING
In a presentation to the
faculty October 13, President Steven Timmermans emphasized his goal to
promote service-learning as a vital component of higher education at Trinity.
During his tenure at Calvin College, he participated in a service-learning
program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,
and he outlined some of the results of that work at the faculty meeting.
Timmermans described how
the combined efforts of colleges and federal agencies could have a positive
impact on distressed communities in urban areas through the Community Outreach
Partnership Center (COPC), a HUD initiative that helps colleges and universities
utilize human, intellectual, and institutional resources to revitalize
"COPC grants help colleges
partner with communities for teaching, service and outreach," Timmermans
said. "As communities rebuild their identities, colleges invest in the
academic development of their students."
HUD launched its cooperative
in 1994 to spur more collaboration between institutions of higher education
and their neighboring communities. The agency recognized that colleges
and universities serve as economic engines, major employers, and creative
innovators. COPC is a five-year demonstration program whose grants must
be used in urban areas to address issues such as housing, health care,
job training, education, and crime prevention.
"The call to engagement and
the posture of partnership are the keys to COPC's efforts," Timmermans
said. "This program could help propel us into a concentrated service-learning
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