Berkeley College Online Students Partner With Casa De Los Angeles in Mexico
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2010
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BERKELEY COLLEGE ONLINE STUDENTS PARTNER WITH
FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER IN MEXICO
Berkeley College students enrolled in an online World Cultures class recently partnered with Casa de los Angeles in Mexico as part of an Academic Service Learning project. Casa de los Angeles is a nonprofit center that supports underprivileged families by providing such services as daycare, transitional housing, a food bank and medical care. The Berkeley College students created blogs designed to educate and engage supporters and to attract volunteers to the family support center.
“This hands-on project, along with in-depth class discussions and reflective journals, helped enrich the study of world cultures and provided a transformative learning experience,” said Marilyn Kulik, PhD, Humanities and Social Sciences, Online, School of Liberal Arts, who taught the 12-week course.
In an online post following the project one of the student teams wrote: “By creating this sample blog we hope to contribute ideas for bringing awareness to potential donors and volunteers to help expand the organization and help end poverty. The service project has taught us responsibility and allowed us to help strengthen a community.”
Casa de los Angeles Founder Donna Quathamer said that the blog created by Berkeley College Online students will become an “integral part of the social media strategy” for the center.
“With better communication, we will be able to connect with former volunteers as well as with new supporters who have hopes of joining us,” Ms. Quathamer said.
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Photo Caption: Left to right are Berkeley College Director of Counseling Sandra Coppola and Berkeley College Instructor Marilyn Kulik, PhD, Humanities and Social Sciences, Online, School of Liberal Arts, during a recent visit to Casa de los Angeles in Mexico. Dr. Kulik visited the center on behalf of the students in her World Culture’s class who recently partnered with the nonprofit center for an Academic Service Learning project.