Esther Alarcón-Arana (Salve Regina University)
Whether we teach a class on language, culture, civilization, or literature, there are numerous possibilities of making connections between our subjects and the lives in our communities. Civic engagement projects seek social change (Stoecker, 2016) and, as such, they represent one of the many possibilities that can have a positive impact on both students and the community they engage with, by empowering the community and, possibly, propelling all participants’ social and even political activism.
This session, which is open to any modern language, proposes to examine civic engagement projects that guide us outside of the ivory tower and engage our teaching and/or research with our communities in a meaningful manner. Although not limited to these, some areas of exploration are LGBTQ rights, environmental issues, immigrants and immigrations, and so on.