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High Caliber Students Take Spanish Community Service Learning

This is video of a "toxic tour" by Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) in Chicago, Illinois.


by Ann Abbott


I received an e-mail from a student who wanted to register for "Spanish in the Community," but she hadn't taken the pre-requesite course, "Oral Spanish." Read her message below, and I think you will be struck by the same things that impacted me:


This student can definitely skip the prerequisite course.Some of our students are truly engaged citizen-students, eager to bring that engagement into their college education. We need more courses for them.This student knows how to compose an intelligent, actionable e-mail message.This student has a lot to teach me and her classmates."My name is X and I am a Senior in Urban and Regional Planning, Iwas hoping to enroll in your SPAN 232 class.
"I do however see that there is a SPAN 208 prerequisite.  Unfortunately, I have not taken Spanish at the University beyond having taken a p…

Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education Events

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by Ann Abbott


I received an e-mail about ThinkImpact's upcoming event--The Huddle--where educators will work together in teams to come up with ways to increase/enhance social entrepreneurship education with experiential education. (The video above describes ThinkImpact's work.)


That is precisely what I do. My course on "Spanish & Entrepreneurship" combines content about social entrepreneurship with service learning. It is a powerful combination, and I hope that a lot of great ideas and momentum come out of The Huddle.


I asked Brittany Koteles, my former student and social entrepreneurship player extraordinaire--if she was going to the Huddle. She knew all about it, but it sounds like she won't make it. She did encourage me to attend the AshokaU Exchange in February. I think I will start to put together an abstract now. I've always wanted to do a TED-style presentation. (I also really want to put together a Ted Ed video sometime soon; see the video for an exa…

Student Spotlight: April Nwatah

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by Ann Abbott


One of my amazing former students, April Nwatah, with a friend from her work in Limón, Honduras. Still learning and serving.