Date of Award
Michelle Vazquez Jacobus MS, JD
USM LAC Druker Office of Community Engagement, DOCE, community partnerships, research, University of Southern Maine, Thinking Matters Symposium
Universities and the communities in which they reside must maintain an interdependence to thrive. The USM LAC Druker Office of Community Engagement (DOCE) follows a unique model of student-faculty collaborative leadership to model how public universities can partner with their communities. Developing long-lasting community-university relationships holds mutual benefits. DOCE connects students, faculty and staff with over 90 community partners. As a synergetic cooperative team, we believe community engagement is essential in the growth and learning of the whole student, faculty and staff of USM.
Our recent Community-Based Participatory Research (CPBR) works in integrating the classes and curriculum of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) with the everyday issues of our surrounding community and the development of creative ways to meet various needs. Keeping the students’ interests and professors’ syllabi in mind, we link students to appropriate partners and help ease the stress of making that new connection.
Caouette, Courtney; O'Hearn, Jordan; Henson-Drake, Stacy; Stone, Michaela; and Lodge, Gabrielle, "Community Driven Student Leadership: The DOCE Approach" (2018). Thinking Matters Symposium. 128.
Civic and Community Engagement Commons, Community-Based Learning Commons, Community-Based Research Commons, Higher Education Commons, Leadership Studies Commons, Work, Economy and Organizations Commons