CVIN 100 Provides Real World Experience

Posted by Leah Wilson
CVIN 100 is an introduction class to Civic Innovation. This is a class whose goal is to bring people closer through people-to-people interactions in a safe environment.

During the Fall 2021 semester, the class has taken on a project working with Appalachian Community Connectors out of Marion, VA. The Appalachian Community Connectors are working on a program to help people in the community develop better dialogue and conversation between each other. The CVIN 100 class assisted the program by creating an assessment that participants will take before and after each session. The survey-like assessment, evaluates qualitative data to see if people feel safe enough to open up and question freely in the environment created in community engagement. The opportunity to create the assessment and see their work put to use benefits the students with “ hands on work in the practice of citizenship” according to Scott Sikes, professor of CVIN 100. The students gain real world experience, create goals of citizenship and see the topics they discuss in the classroom come to fruition. Their assessment helps train community members to facilitate interaction within the community as well as on campus.

For more information about Appalachian Community Connectors contact Scott Sikes at ssikes@ehc.edu.

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