Learning Outcomes/Core Competencies

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Reflective Thinking

Students will develop a reflective practice that enables them to think critically. Students will be able to:

  • articulate how a service experience changed their perspective or deepened their understanding of theirs or others’ lived experience.

  • identify concepts related to social justice and community engagement.

  • employ three personal reflection strategies that can assist with decision making or enhance personal development.

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Engaged Global Citizenship

Students will develop a greater sense of social and ethical responsibility for the greater community at a local, national, and international level through active lifelong community engagement. Students will be able to:

  • promote and engage in mutually beneficial volunteer, advocacy, and/or social justice change opportunities.

  • apply community engaged concepts to a range of real-world issues and settings.

  • develop strategies to address inequitable social and community issues.

  • identify three ways that they plan to be an active lifelong citizen.

  • develop familiarity with key historical struggles, campaigns, and social movements that have influenced civic life, culture and attitudes.

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Self-Identity & Awareness

Students will explore their social identities with an informed value system and and welcome diverse perspectives and experiences to inform their position within a community. Students will be able to:

  • develop and articulate their personal values, ethics, biases, and beliefs as it relates to their identity.

  • recognize systems of power, privilege and oppression and how their structural, cultural, and relational contexts shape these systems.

  • demonstrate knowledge of an organization’s mission and their role within it.

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Professional Skills

Students will develop skills and can identify how those skills are transferable to their professional endeavors. Students will be able to:

  • collaborate with others of diverse backgrounds and understand the importance of having differing perspectives within a group or community.

  • identify skills and resources to navigate and manage conflict.

  • develop effective communication skills such as public speaking, written communication, and active listening across a variety of settings.

  • articulate the personal leadership attributes developed or enhanced through each community engagement opportunities and how they relate to professional endeavors.

  • develop program-specific leadership skills including, but not limited to, risk management, technology application, assessment, marketing, budgeting, and event planning.

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Connection and Belonging

Students will develop a sense of belonging to members of the Brandeis and Waltham communities. Students will be able to:

  • describe the value that community engagement can have on creating a sense of belonging within campus, peers groups, or community.

  • learn and differentiate the needs and demographics of Brandeis and Waltham communities.

  • recognize at least one faculty or staff member who has impacted their sense of belonging or connection in any on or off campus community engagement opportunity.

  • articulate how their community engagement efforts are in the spirit of social justice at Brandeis.