June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Community Engagement Division
Santa Clara University has a commitment to educating students of competence, conscience, and compassion. To support this goal of producing technically-proficient, empathetic graduates, engineering education has a need for more real world, hands-on, and team-based problem solving. This paper aims to showcase a collaboration between an engineering course, Community-Based Engineering Design (CBED), and Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG), a Food Justice Outreach Program, which has successfully incorporated student learning and social justice through project-based learning.
As part of this paper, we will discuss three different perspectives of participants involved with this collaboration, specifically detailing participation goals, success definitions, and challenges from each point of view. Some specific student-produced design solutions will be given as examples of this effort. Overall, this partnership has been successful, delivering student projects which have added educational dimensions to the school gardens and created a positive visual impact to the spaces. Both students and community stakeholders are mutually benefiting from the relationship formed through engagement, clearly indicating how partnerships can support the creation of projects which offer inclusive learning opportunities for all participants. While challenges exist, the class will continue to evolve and hopefully the partnerships will continue to be meaningful to all involved.
Kuczenski, J. A. (2019, June), Design for Community: Perspectives from Professors, Students, and Community Partners Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32600
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