June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Community Engagement Division
26.1367.1 - 26.1367.9
Service learning as a philanthropy effort of a student organizationStudents graduating with a degree in Industrial Distribution (ID) from the College ofEngineering get jobs in professional industrial sales or in supply chain management(SCM). About 20% of the student population is female. Though the graduates are wellsought out by the industry, the professional sales career is not a typical choice for afemale student. The networking, travel, pay structure are very unique to a sales career andat the outset, sound very daunting to many female students. The female students in IDneed support and education on how they can balance work and life, interact withsuccessful practitioners and develop confidence in making successful careers. The otherstudent organizations and women organizations on campus do not cater to this specificneed. Hence, the Society of Women in Industrial Distribution (SWID) was created inFebruary 2013 to focus on personal and professional development of women majoring inID. One of the most successful initiatives of SWID is the mentoring program. Throughthe mentoring program, undergraduate students are paired with current and formerexecutive Masters students to provide one-on-one coaching. When SWID wanted toexpand its philanthropy arm, they decided to work on consulting projects for local non-profit, government or other community agencies. These projects will be focused onbusiness process improvement and optimization. SWID members work in small groupsunder the supervision of the faculty advisor. This initiative engages the female studentsbetter with their field of study. This also inculcates the idea of giving back to the localcommunity while they are already in school. This paper discusses the challenges insetting up an initiative such as this. The action plan used to carry out this initiative and tomake sure it is beneficial both to the community agency and the student will also bepresented.
Natarajarathinam, M. (2015, June), Service Learning as a Philanthropy Effort of a Student Organization Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24704
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