April 28, 2015
Sophomore honors strategic communication major Blair Guilfoile captured her group’s work in Dr. Wendy Williams’ Honors Colloquia class Nature of Values – Empathy through a video at the Como Community Center.
The video shows the students’ semester-long service learning work at center, which is the essence of the Como community, and the partnership between the students and the community.
Guilfoile’s group focused on fitness and nutrition and the other group in the class implemented a literacy program, a program that started with last semester’s class.
Every semester the center director tells the class about the center and together with the students determines class projects. Then the students divide into groups and implement the programs and events they decide to do.
Each student spends 15 hours at the center per semester and 10 hours doing group work outside the center such as planning, purchasing materials, gathering donations and more.
TCU’s Center for Community Involvement & Service-Learning has offered the class a grant for the past two years to fund project work. Students decide among themselves how to use the grant money.
The class began in Spring 2013 and Dr. Williams, a visiting assistant professor in the John V. Roach Honors College, continues partnering with the Como Community Center each semester, sometimes continuing programs and sometimes starting new ones.