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Transforming Students Into Leaders Through Civic Engagement: Expanding the Classroom Experience. Maureen L. Mackenzie, Ph.D. PHR Professor of Business. Madeline Gunn, Ph.D. Director, Office of Experiential Learning. Kathleen Maurer Smith Ph.D Dean, Division of Social Sciences - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Transforming Students Into Leaders Through Civic Engagement: Expanding the Classroom ExperienceMaureen L. Mackenzie, Ph.D. PHRProfessor of Business

    13th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and UniversitiesMolloy CollegeJune 12-14, 2014

    Kathleen Maurer Smith Ph.DDean, Division of Social SciencesAssociate Dean for Graduate Academic AffairsMadeline Gunn, Ph.D.Director, Office of Experiential Learning

  • The Expanded ClassroomKathleen Maurer SmithThe Expanded Classroom involves Experiential Learning which includes:

    InternshipsCommunity-based researchService Learning in local communitiesService Learning Immersion trips

  • The Expanded ClassroomKathleen Maurer SmithExperiential Learning prepares students to:

    Discover connections between ideas and real world problems

    Become socially aware, civically engaged citizens

    Develop transformational leadership skills

    Become motivated toward conscientious community action

  • Transformative EducationMaureen L. Mackenzie

    Fall 2012 Annual Theme Civic EngagementCapstone: Management focused on Social GoodBloomberg Foundation Mayors ChallengeStudy, Spirituality, Service, CommunityThrough transformative education, Molloy College promotes a lifelong search for truth and the development of ethical leadership.Clients: Villages of Babylon, Port Jefferson, Mastic Beach, Freeport, NCCHR, LIRPC, Housing Authority, Sustainability Long Island

  • The Village of BabylonPreservation of Historic PropertiesAjana WilkinsonTransformative Education that leads to Social Good: Self efficacy and self-discovery

    Explore solutions that would simplify for residents the complexity of preservation codeEstablish a Landmark Preservation Commission The code be reformed to plain languageThe village apply for grants to be used solely for the purpose of historic preservation

  • The Village of BabylonChamber of Commerce: Frequent Shopper CardJoanna BellinzoniCapstone Transformative Education leads to Social Good: Self efficacy and self-discovery

  • Experiential LearningMadeline Gunn

  • Expanding the classroom beyond the local community: how & why.Synergy or convergence between the partnering community and college needs

    New Orleans Hurricane Katrina (2005) left the city with substantial needs and the BP oil spill (2010) left the Gulf Coast significantly damaged. (Nursing & Environmental Science majors)

    Bayamon, Puerto Rico 45% unemployment, 80% of the children live in poverty, rich culture & history (Spanish and Spanish Education majors)

    Lower Brule Sioux Reservation, South Dakota. The historical consequences of the reservation system are still evident today. The unemployment rate is 51%, local schools scored below testing goals, rich culture and history. (Psychology, Sociology, History majors)

  • It is all about relationshipWe create the most meaningful experiences for our students through our relationships with our community partners

    Our students learn about the people, the culture and the challenges they confront through relationship with that community

    Educators convey theory / learning goals more effectively through relationship with students

  • New Orleans, LouisianaMs. Gurchurn MinhasNursing major

  • Bayamon, Puerto RicoMs. Joana SolarteNursing major

  • Lower Brule Sioux Reservation, South DakotaMs. Jasmine Rivera Psychology Major

  • Transforming Students Into Leaders Through Civic Engagement: Expanding the Classroom Experience


  • Students who participate in civic engagement

    Learn and retain more academic contentLearn higher order skillsExperience increased emotional intelligence and motivationInsights and Wrap-upKathleen Maurer Smith

  • Communities benefit by:Forming transformative partnership with local colleges and universities to assess community needs and develop solutions

    Tapping into the multidiscipline expertise of students and faculty

    Experiencing the community improvements that results from these collaborate effortsInsights and Wrap-upKathleen Maurer Smith

  • Transforming Students Into Leaders Through Civic Engagement: Expanding the Classroom ExperienceTHANK YOU!

    ***Dominican EducationMolloy Colleges Dominican tradition ofstudy, spirituality, service and community, is committed to academic excellence with respect for each person. We study to search for truth, find and correct errors and to contemplate on our role. Spiritually we are shaped by our own personality and giftedness; meditation and contemplation will take different forms for each person. In community we value diversity and recognize our interdependence. We are directed and called to service to the world creating a common good. Through transformative education, Molloy College promotes a lifelong search for truth and the development of ethical leadership.

    *****These metaphors were not grounded in reality. The Chrysler culture was one of transparency with embedded stakeholders following it historic bailout. Americans took pride in Chryslers recovery, many feeling they saved the company by intentionally buying its products. Labor &leadership had an great relationship with the president of the United Auto Workers Union sitting on its board, and employees remembering the sacrifices made with pride, to save their company. The Americanization aura that surrounded Chrysler emerged from Iacocca's advocating for limiting Japanese imports in favor of the patriotic path of buying a US made car. Even the Jewish community favored Chrysler over Ford due to Ford's alignment with Germany during the war. Now, with their company incorporating in Germany, these cultural beliefs were being damaged. The marriage of equals metaphor, though constantly reinforced, was not believable, especially as top Chrysler management left the company.

    What happened? External discourse, once tested, failed to align with real decisions. For example, the Chrysler PR department was restructured so all communication had to be cleared through Germany," making Chrysler US clearly subordinate to Germanys Daimler Benz . The elimination of 26,000 US jobs on January 2001 changed Chrysler group from an equal partner to a subordinate business unit under the larger German based organization.

    Though the intentions of both firms were sincere, the influence of cultural differences were underestimated and could not be resolved once the strategic path did not align with the communicated metaphors.So, to conclude.**