Honors College students participate in week of service learning

August 25, 2017 - By Stephanie Cepak

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Thirty Honors College students engaged in week-long service learning activities focused on the inequity leading up to the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

HC IMPACT is the Honors College’s first-ever week of service learning. Twenty-five incoming first-year students and five current students serving as mentors participated in the program from August 20-26.

Students explored inequity that through health, education, housing and food. Students began the program by engaging in a poverty simulation in which they had to operate on a fixed income and work together to pay for food, housing, utilities and other necessities.

Honors College students volunteered at Haven House, Volunteers of America, Tri-County Office on Aging, Allen Neighborhood Center and Mt. Hope STEAM School.

“I loved how we had the opportunity to serve and learn in many different organizations and ways because I got to see so many perspectives,” said Raywa Masti, a first-year student majoring in the Lyman Briggs College. “I also thought that the poverty simulation and power seminar were very valuable.”

MSU faculty and community educators also spoke with the students throughout the week: Professor Patricia Edwards from the College of Education, Professor Ruben Martinez from the Julian Samora Research Institute, Joan Nelson from the Allen Neighborhood Center, Karika Parker from the Michigan Public Health Institute, Michael Roessler from Homeless Angels and Professor Dave Weatherspoon from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

“HC IMPACT is the opportunity to connect with and learn more about the community we live in,” said Elisha Smith, a first-year student majoring in human development and family studies in the College of Social Science. “I came into it with an open mind and came out a completely changed person.”

In addition to assistance from the Honors College, HC IMPACT was supported by MSU Residential and Hospitality Services, the MSU Federal Credit Union, MSU Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, Community Economic Development Association of Michigan and Bruegger’s Bagels.

Celebrating its 60th Anniversary, the Honors College serves academically talented, committed students who wish to pursue and achieve academic excellence. The Honors College strives to ensure an enriched academic and social experience for its members and to create an environment that fosters active, innovative learning.