Community, Diversity, and Programmatic Evaluation

  • “The Impact of Service Learning Programs on their Host Communities”

    —Melanie Hildebrant, Department of Sociology

    This research explores different types of service learning programs and their underlying principles in an effort to understand how they impact the communities they serve. Hildebrant hopes to develop this into a field research study where he can explore this issue “on the ground.” On background, this idea is a result of several conversations that Hildebrant had with colleagues affiliated with Amizade Global Service Learning. They are concerned that our presence in some communities may be more beneficial than in others.

    “Diversity and Affordability in LEED-ND Neighborhoods”

    —Jawanda Jackson, Department of Geography and Regional Planning

    This research considers the demographic characteristics of Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design New Development projects (LEED-ND) to look at the diversity among them and to determine if LEED-ND projects are meeting the need for affordable housing in New Urbanism communities. This study considers whether neighborhoods built to meet LEED-ND standards can realistically meet the housing needs of individuals at all income levels and walks of life.