Community Service Learning ProjectsTo fulfill the community service learning requirement for this class you have the choice to participate in one of the three following projects. You should devote about 12 hours to the project you select.
Project 1: International Womyn's Day Celebration
Here is the Vision statement from the organizers of the International Womyn's Day celebration:
Womyn and girls living in San Jose feel safe, empowered, and free to make their own choices. They are united with a strong base of local community organizations. This coalition of orgs is supportive and dedicated to eradicating hate and violence by promoting peace, respect, and creativity. Each March, an event is held on International Womyn’s Day, and each month, the coalition hosts Womyn Warrior Potlucks, to learn about, celebrate, and honor womyn leaders.
On Saturday, March 5th the 2nd annual International Womyn's Day Celebration in San Jose will take place. If you select this community service learning project you will help to provide security for a march through downtown San Jose. This is a very important part of the celebration, since one of the goals of the International Womyn's Day celebration is to promote the safety and well-being of womyn and girls in San Jose.
25% Participating in the sign-making party a week before the march
In addition to your participation on the day of the event and at the sign-making party you will also be required to write two reflection papers (1-2 pages apiece). The first reflection, due the week before the march, will concern the needs of immigrant and migrant womyn in Santa Clara county, needs that many who are not immigrants and migrants or even womyn will share. The second reflection will be due via e-mail the week after the event, and it will be shared with the other organizers of the International Womyn's Day celebration.
Project 2: Immigration Reform
Project 3: VOICESHere are the three basic goals of the VOICES project:
1) Educate the community on the history, experiences, barriers to success, and community contributions of Asian American immigrants in Silicon Valley.
2) Identify key policy issues and encourage action steps that facilitate the integration of Asian American immigrant communities.
3) Foster cross-cultural understanding among various ethnic communities.
If you select this project you will work with staff of Asian American Community Involvement as well as Helen Pong, a graduate student of Social Work at SJSU. AACI and Helen will hold a multi-media event and community discussion at a Campbell middle school in early-March to mid-March. The community discussion will include small-group discussions so that everyone will be able to speak. You can be involved in this project either by facilitating a small-group discussion or by helping to set up before the event or helping to clean up after the event. Here is the hours break-down:
25% Training (mandatory)
25% Attendance at the event
50% Facilitation of a small-group discussion
50% Set-up or clean-up
25% Attendance at the VOICES event
25% Attendance at another event on campus related to issues important to the Asian American community at De Anza and Santa Clara County (see me for an ok)
In addition to your participation on the day of the event you will also be required to write two reflection papers (1-2 pages apiece) that will be shared with Helen and AACI staff. The first reflection will be due via e-mail the week before the VOICES event, and you will answer this question: Why is it important to listen the voices of low-income immigrants and new immigrants? The second reflection will be due via e-mail the week after the VOICES event.