Thanks Kate Rushton ... I agree. I didn't notice any other MDC submissions until you brought it to my attention but Daniel works in my capacity on another campus and I think we all have implemented some rendition of a co-curriculum to better engage our unique demographic of students. Jaime and I are both members of the college-wide Black male initiative and we each have implemented a workshop series to help with some of the social issues faced by marginalized subgroups. All of our work is very complimentary, indeed.
Thanks Bettina Fliegel . I would love to take a moment to respond to your questions. The feedback was very positive with students wanting the pilot to be further expanded so we are working on extending the curriculum to a full academic year. All students, who are between the ages of 17-26, participated in the program based on interest only. We initially attempted to work out an extra-credit and curriculum mapping component of the program but that did not pan out in our developmental phase. The sessions each took on a different model but each were interactive and highly engaging. The first seminar used a "forced choices" discussion as a springboard to discuss larger issues of diversity, poverty, and inequity. The subsequent seminar consisted of a panel discussion of alumni and the final seminar was a traditional workshop. The financial literacy workshop was so engaging that the TRiO department made it the focal point of their recent Spring convocation. Students are really learning the tools to plan for the future. In terms of assessment, we chose to use the "attitudes towards poverty" inventory as a pre- and post- test but with participation being more fluid that we initially imagined, that presented challenges. We are revisiting our assessment approach to control for this. Thank you for the suggestions...we will definitely consider them as we expand this co-curriculum.