In an effort to continue to foster the growth of Geneva and its community, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) has collaborated with the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center to bolster helpful resources available on the City’s new online hub by uploading Community Based Research (CBR) projects. The Civic Innovation hub, which is sponsored by the City and is looking for “civic innovators,” will allow others to easily access past projects, use the information collected in each project to further their own work, and build capacity for future opportunities.
“Students spend about 150 hours on these project, and sharing the final product with a wider audience is part of the spirit of community based research.,” says Director of CCESL Katie Flowers. The hub has already been met with an astoundingly positive response by past project participants. “The students, many of whom are alumni now, are thrilled to have their research utilized in ways that will continue to improve the quality of life in Geneva.”
Coordinated through CCSEL, CBR projects are created in collaboration with community partners and members of HWS faculty who act as advisors to students. Through these unique community based learning endeavors, students devote a semester long to the exploration of a vital community issue. Students with exceptional initiative work collaboratively with a community partner and a faculty advisor. Students who create CBR projects are required to submit written assignments to their faculty advisors, incorporate their work into their academic goals and create a presentation to be given at an Engaged Scholarship Forum at the end of the semester.
Among the projects already listed on the site is a close analysis of Geneva High School graduation rates, comparing local numbers to national figures. Those hoping to learn more about mental health resources in the Finger Lakes will find a comprehensive study of accessibility to such resources.
A plan for the revitalization of Linden Street, as proposed by Maggie Smith ’12, outlines ideas to generate growth for central downtown through new businesses and pedestrian-friendly walks. Other renewal projects include a detailed poster created by Michael Brown ’12 and Katie Serock ’12 as part of Geneva’s Business Improvement District.
The extensive Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) project researched and created by a group of students working with the Geneva Human Rights Commission is also available through the hub. The final report will provide valuable data to those looking into housing laws in Geneva, examining the extent to which residents comprehend the AFFH and fair housing guidelines.
The online collection currently features a number of different categories, including downtown revitalization, health and nutrition, housing, human rights, social services and youth.
In the photo above, Maggie Smith’12 displays her Community Based Research Project during the Engaged Scholarship Forum.