River Hawk Experience Distinction Course Designation Rubric: Community Engagement

The dimensions identified below are qualities that we hope to encourage in RHED Community Engagement students. Please evaluate the extent to which the course/course assignments give students the opportunity to demonstrate each ability or mindset as described. Please note that these outcome descriptions are aspirational; students may be called on to achieve some measure short of total mastery in any category, depending on the course aims and level. Download the full Community Engagement Rubric (pdf).

Community Engagement Dimensions:Accomplished 
Addressing community goalsStudent demonstrates broad awareness of the community or organization mission/aims, and how particular communities are organized;
student articulates community-identified goals, and the assets in the community that may assist in addressing issues identified.
Appreciating diverse perspectivesStudent synthesizes perspectives within and across communities, acknowledging the complexity and awareness of differences between insider and outsider perspectives.
Understanding how power structures affect communitiesStudent ascertains the impact of power dynamics and justice/injustice on communities; student articulates the origin of needs within the community.
Enacting reciprocal learningStudent accepts opportunities to learn from the community; student demonstrates respect for community knowledge of their own issues.
Using evidence to evaluate solutionsStudent identifies models or theories in evaluating options and identifying solutions, but solutions may not be comprehensive;
student applies academic or life skills to solve problems with community partners.
Advocating for changeStudent accepts opportunities to enact culturally appropriate solutions, working within existing leadership structures to effect change