If your agency/organization would like to sponsor a community project and work with a group of our students over the next school year, please fill out the form offered to the left and submit it via email. Students will begin forming groups and selecting topics this September. If you have an idea for a community project please respond by September 20th.
Before submitting a community project proposal, please consider the following:
- Who in your agency will be able to meet regularly with students to strategize and supervise the project? We recommend one hour meetings with students at least once every two weeks during the January – April period.
- You should expect at least 2 meetings with students in October and November. The first meeting will be a “get to know you” meeting with an agenda to clarify project expectations and answer questions. A final agreement on moving forward with the project will happen during the second meeting in the fall when students and the agency negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that formalizes expectations of both parties.
- After the MOU is negotiated (November) students will write a paper for me describing in detail what they expect to accomplish. This includes a review of the literature on what has been accomplished before on the same topic as the one you are planning. You should help inform the students on a literature review that would be helpful to the project (I can also help inform the literature review). Click Here to see an outline for the student paper.
- From January through April students are expected to work 6-10 hours per week on the project. They will be receiving 3 hours of college credit for successfully completing the project. Much of this time can be spent out in the field (conducting interviews, collecting data, networking, fundraising, organizing logistics for events, etc.). Some of these hours will be spent writing papers, at the computer, in the library, or analyzing data. Click here to see the syllabus for the community project course.
If you have any questions please contact Dr. Fred Brooks at 404-413-1059, or [email protected]. Fred serves as the faculty advisor for all community projects.