Learning Outcomes/Core Competencies

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.