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Reflection Essay for Spring 2013

Reflection Essay Project: Interview and Observation with a Community Leader
(This assignment is for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year scholars)
Due: April 12

Take this opportunity to explore the social issue(s) that you are interested from a community perspective. Conduct an informational interview (in-person or by email) with a community leader from a local non-profit organization or neighborhood-led initiative that is working in an area of interest to you. It may be beneficial to connect your particular interest area or current community service project to this assignment, but is not required.If you have not done so already, attend a community meeting/event related in some way to the work of the community leader interviewed. Here are a few great examples:  a public lecture, community forum, a board/staff meeting, a workshop, fundraiser, community event, an advisory committee meeting, etc. You are also not limited to these types of events.

This project can be done as an individual or in teams of two people. The goal of this reflection assignment is to observe various community leaders and members in action.

  1. Interview a community leader
  2. Attend a related community event/ meeting
  3. Write a brief (3-5 pages) reflection essay that summarizes your interview and observation experiences.
  4. Include the name, organization, position title, and background of community leader and organization
  5. Provide a thoughtful analysis of how this experience informs your community service work.



Fall Reflection Essays due December 7th

Directions: Answer both questions in a 2-3 page, double-spaced reflective essay in 12 point Times New Roman font.

1.   Compare your community service involvement to the “Babies in the River” parable (discussed in our October meeting) and at least one principle from Aaron Ausland’s Five Principles for the Community-Service Volunteer.  Reflect on your perspectives and approach to solving difficult problems as a volunteer, project coordinator, or an executive student leader. Identify a current or reoccurring challenge that you face in the problem-solving process.

a.   What is your decision making process? Where do you get information or advice about these issues? How do you apply this information?

b.   Critically analyze your effectiveness and what you could do to improve or develop a deeper understanding of the root causes of the problem and the people that are impacted (including you, your peers, and the community)?

2.  Describe your experience in the scholar group sessions this semester. How do you feel about the new format, what was the most valuable information and/or lessons have you taken from them? How do you believe it will aid you in advancing your involvement in community service and leadership? What are your plans for next semester?

*If you feel limited in your ability to answer any of the questions listed then explain how and why you feel limited.  What do you think would give you better insight to help you to better answer the question(s)?

You must also upload 2 pictures of the service you have done this semester to the scholar facebook page. 

Getting close to the end…

Hey everyone!

Hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving break. Now with only 2 weeks left before finals heres a couple important announcements for the end of the semester…

Students Organizing Against Racism at Tulane


Tulane Community Service Scholars

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