University Relations

Community Engagement Scholars Program:

ICEP Examples:
Developed Curriculum

Jenna Christopherson
Majors: Spanish Studies, Sociology
Organization: Southside Family Charter School

Drawing on her passion for social justice and her desire to pursue a career in teaching, Jenna created a social action curriculum for this unique K–8 charter school that complements Southside's longstanding focus on hands-on learning and social justice. Her curriculum guides students through processes of team-building, exploring social issues, planning for action, taking action, and reflecting. It is designed to give students as great a role as possible in directing their own learning, while simultaneously meeting state educational standards.

Nhi Thai
Majors: Biology, Child Psychology
Organization: Science Museum of Minnesota

Nhi's academic background in Biology and Child Psychology positioned her to effectively create activities for DNA Day, an event at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The curriculum included a DNA murder mystery short story and making origami DNA structures. Science Museum volunteers were then trained to teach the curriculum to museum patrons.

Jenny Xiong
Major: Elementary Education
Organization: Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association (HAMAA)

Based on her experience as a student of Elementary Education and a volunteer with various Hmong cultural organizations, Jenny created culturally relevant lesson plans for HAMAA's after-school program.

Sathiya Karthikeyan
Major: English
Organization: Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PYC)

At the PYC Arts and Technology High School, Sathiya added a service-learning component to a PYC program called "Rocking Readers," in which students at the high school read with students at a nearby elementary school. To help the high school develop its service-learning offerings, Sathiya designed reflection activities for the high school students and created a handbook that other volunteers, interns, and PYC teachers can use to replicate the program in the future.

Jodi Larson
Major: History
Organization: Minnesota Historical Society, Oliver H. Kelley Farm

As a volunteer for the historic site, the Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Jodi designed a curriculum to bring the Kelley Farm's programming to a broader audience. She brought their educational resources together with youth community groups such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to meet the goals of both organizations. Jodi focused on creating a framework that can be easily adapted for other community groups as well.

Liz Schachterle
Major: Art
Organization: Twin Cities Academy

Liz used her expertise in art, puppet making, and performance to develop a puppetry unit for the art program at TCA. Her ICEP culminated with a final puppet performance by each student and a puppetry curriculum for the instructor to use with future classes.