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Community Service Scholars Program- Senior Scholar Reflection Project
The Senior Scholar Reflection Project serves as an opportunity for you to reflect cumulatively on your experience during your four years at Tulane University as a Community Service Scholar. Discuss how you have matured as an individual and leader in public service, and let us know where you are headed after graduation.

There are five components to this reflection assignment. Please send your reflection project by email by May 3, 2013.

Reflection Project Checklist (in order):

  1. Cover Page Format Full Name Student ID Scholar Class Year Journey Title Pictures and Quotes (optional)
  2. Comprehensive Resume: (2-6 pages)
  3. Final Reflection Essay: (3-5 pages) Tell your story. Draw comparisons between specific incidents or projects and your broader interests to illustrate your growth and development in the Community Service Scholars program. Share the lessons, challenges, and accomplishments that you’ve had from freshmen year until now.This reflection assignment is also the perfect opportunity to “pass on” any big or unfinished ideas. Do you have any recommendations to leave behind that will help the scholars that come after you build on what you have done and avoid your mistakes?Address the following points in some way, shape or form:

    *What has the Community Service   Scholarship program meant to you?
    *How have you contributed to the existing culture of public service on campus?
    *What has been the short and long term impact of your community service work? Provide any concrete data that helps the
    university see the “value” of their investment in this scholarship program.
    *Your “vision” for ongoing efforts to promote student-led community service initiatives- Are there areas that can be built upon, or that need improvement?

  4. Scholar Impact Report: (1-2 pages)
    Provide a brief summary of at least three influential people, organizations, and/or resources that have has a significant impact on you and your community service work.  Include any thank-yous and acknowledgements.
  5. Post-Graduation Plans: (1-2 pages)
    What are your next steps/future plans? How has the scholars program, Center for Public Service, or any other Tulane entities contributed to your preparation?
  6. Visuals and Documentation: (optional but strongly encouraged)
    Visuals and documentation of your experiences really add something special to your story. Please provide any pictures, flyers from activities, notes of gratitude that you receive, or any press releases or media coverage highlighting your work.

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.

Expectations:
  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.

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