University of Michigan: Psychosocial Well-Being Initiative Grant

Psychosocial Well-Being Initiative Grant

ngaged learning–the bridging of rigorous classroom instruction and relevant community-centered experiences–is recognized nationally as a high impact practice in undergraduate education. The University of Michigan’s Engaged Pedagogy Initiative (EPI) is a joint project of Arts of Citizenship Program (artsofcitizenship.umich.edu), a program of the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and the Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL: www.lsa.umich.edu/ceal), a program of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. The EPI supports the University of Michigan’s commitment to engaged and community-based learning by providing training in the design and implementation of community-based learning courses for graduate students interested in incorporating engaged pedagogy into their career goals and professional skills. Arts of Citizenship’s participation in the EPI emerges from its dual commitment to the professional development of graduate students and to building sustainable communitycampus partnerships. Its programming helps graduate students develop skill sets valued in the academic job market, in the non ‐tenure ‐track “alt‐academic” sector, and in the non ‐ profit, policy and government sectors. Through Arts of Citizenship, graduate students have expressed the need for enhanced teacher training and professional development programming focused on community ‐centered pedagogy. The Center for Engaged Academic Learning’s mission to support, enhance, and generate new engaged learning opportunities for undergraduate students is similarly grounded on the principle of reciprocity and mutual benefit for students and partnering communities

Primary Investigators: Matthew J. Countryman, Faculty Director, Arts of Citizenship Program, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, mcountry@umich.edu

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