Community Engagement Is Understood By The Carnegie Foundation For The Advancement Of Teaching

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The notion of community engagement is understood by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as such; “Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.” Essential community engagement assists in developing students into advocates of sustainable change through service and collaboration with communities to address social, cultural and environmental injustices. The sociological concepts that are taught in the classroom help us to better comprehend and appreciate the function of society and various communities. Testimonials like Jessica Lynn’s allow us to see the relationship between individual’s experiences’ and the identification of social problems and patterns.
Jessica Lynn, founder and president of Your True Gender, provided our class with a presentation that concentrated on not only her personal experiences as a transgender but also the issues that the transgender community faces. My knowledge of these topics was limited due to my lack of experience and exposure to this community. Because of Jessica’s presentation I now understand that each and every trans- person is different and there is no single definition that can be used to define them. This particular community is incredibly diverse and as a result come from all walks of life. However, it can be known that transgender people…

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