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MORE THAN JUST A SPACE.

The mission of The University of Alabama’s Student Community Engagement Center is to engage students and community partners in mutually beneficial partnerships to identify and address critical community opportunities by connecting engagement to the University’s missions of teaching, research, and service.

All students at The University of Alabama are welcome to visit the SCEC in Capital Hall and explore ways to grow their community partnerships. The SCEC Leadership Academy and Anchor Organizations provide additional opportunities to engage!

We're listening.

The purpose of the Center is to get different groups together...one idea is to partner with the engineering group, since they do a lot with schools already, to teach the kids to read science and they teach kids to do science. Our education students can be volunteers and support projects that help students read.

Dr. Carol Donovan, Faculty Advisor

UA’s student chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama's mission is to provide real-world experiences for all of our members through active engagement, so when we heard about this space, the main selling point was that students would be able to do real-world work.

Anna McAbee, Public Relations Major

 

We want our students to understand the mission of each partner, but we want to develop goals in concert with one another. Building these relationships in this manner will help get to the root causes of problems.

Drew Pearl, Director of Community Engagement Research and Publications

 

Anchor Organizations in the SCEC are student organizations that seek to deepen and strengthen their community-engaged scholarship.
These organization have dedicated office space in the SCEC in Capital Hall, work to develop an action plan for advancing their community partnerships and engagement initiatives, and assess and evaluate the impact of their work.

The 2020–2021 Anchor Organizations are:

Tuscaloosa Rocketry Challenge

Design for America

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Patterson Scholars Literacy Organization

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Hands in Health and Eta Sigma Gamma

SCEC Leadership Academy

The goal of the SCEC Leadership Academy will be to develop student leaders of community-engaged scholarship at The University of Alabama. Each year, a cohort of undergraduate and graduate students will meet monthly to discuss the fundamentals of community engagement, strategies for leading community-engaged scholarship, and emerging trends. Members of the SCEC Leadership Academy will

  • Serve as campus and community leaders to advance community-engaged scholarship.
  • Take a leadership role in SCOPE (Scholars for Community Outreach, Partnership, and Engagement).
  • Act as liaisons between the Student Community Engagement Center and other university organizations and networks in which they are engaged.
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The 2020–2021 members of the SCEC Leadership Academy are:

Tyler Nicole Fowler

Ian Noonan

Meredith Prescott

Angel Shadd

Abigail Slusser

Claire Weiss

Whitney Zeigler

Dr. Drew Pearl is the Director of Community Engagement Research and Publications at the Center for Community-Based Partnerships.

Dr. Drew Pearl
Director of Community Engagement Research and Publications


apearl@ua.edu | 205-348-2148
1115 Capital Hall, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 

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The Student Community Engagement Center is located within Capital Hall on the Bryce campus.
270 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa Alabama