How far can $500 go? For 10 community engagement projects involving Western Carolina University students, far enough to provide valuable service to some worthy causes.
The 10 WCU initiatives have been named STAR Engagement Projects and will receive grants of $500 for activities, conferences and related opportunities during the academic year. Recent examples include an expo for youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities conducted by a psychology course, a promotions effort by a public relations class and the university’s cycling club to expand support for a local health care clinic, and a natural science collaboration with a federal agency to determine climate impacts on isolated wetlands.
Service engagement projects allow campus participation in community betterment activities, with two distinct ― but not mutually exclusive ― purposes: student learning related to an academic discipline, and meeting an identified need within the region or other geographical area.