31 January 2016

CES - February Blog Prompt


“Social change agents see themselves not as outsides who help or fix others, but  as fellow members of a community working to make it better.”  (Leadership for a Better World pg. 13)


How are you as a CES working to be a social change agent? What are you doing to make your community better? Do you feel like an outsider in your service or are you a part of the community you serve? 

11 comments:

  1. I am being a social change agent by just getting involved in the community. It does not take some large scale thing to make something better. Lots of tiny productive things working together can work just as well. Besides my work with the Humane Society the nursing profession is largely involved in the community. I always feel like an outsider since I think of humans just as A species not THE species.

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  2. I feel like I am being a social change agent by just being a good example of someone who gets involved. I volunteer at an elementary school, I have gone on volunteer trips to help the environment, and many others. Just by taking the time out of my day to help others, that tends to trigger the motivation for others to do the same and you uplift those that you help. When I volunteer, I try to be positive and nice. I don't want to come off impatient or rude. Just trying to get out of my comfort zone and do something different, helps me become a better person and shows others that they can do the same. I feel like an outsider because there are all these people that get recognized for small things and people that are volunteering and trying to do good things for their community are not being recognized. I do my best to reach out and share what we can do to help others and our environment. I love volunteering and being a part of the community the best that I can.

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  3. Lenora Monge-RamirezMonday, February 22, 2016

    I am a social agent by doing my part and being involved. Being involved in what ever needs to be done and learning about resources that are available. And sharing these resources to every one and anyone that could benefit from them. I am a part of my community. I help voice what our issues are and what we need to do about it. When I first start with a community partner, I am an outsider until I am familiar of the need and the work that needs to be done. Then I become a partner.

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  4. How are you as a CES working to be a social change agent? What are you doing to make your community better? Do you feel like an outsider in your service or are you a part of the community you serve?

    I am working toward a degree in elementary education, so I started this program with the idea to incorporate my interests in educating others for what I do as a Civically Engaged Scholar. My community partner, America Reads, is a program that has helped me to integrate tutoring children for reading/language arts as a way to serve in my community. This has also allowed me to get more experience with students to benefit me as a future teacher and to see where I want to focus my degree. I feel that I have talents and experience I can use to benefit the community I live by practicing being an agent for social change and feel this helps me to feel more "a part of" in what I am doing. Taking this approach to my service helps me get better at doing this, while preparing me to help those I will teach in the future.

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  5. I love being involved and part of something bigger. I don't think you can truly experience the joy that service brings unless you are a part of those that you serve. I also feel that when we are a part of the community, we have more at stake and therefore are more invested in its success. I try am a part of my community by being involved at church, in my children's education and their school, by joining clubs/organizations at school, and by getting involved with things that are important to me.

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  6. As a social change agent I feel that when I am volunteering and involved I am more apart of the community than ever. I imagine that volunteering in other countries would make me feel the same. To be engaged in other peoples lives and their community would only make me feel that more involved in their environment.
    To make my community better and to be a social change agent I spend my time at non-profits like Make-A-Wish, the free clinic called the Maliheh Clinic, and the student nurse association. I teach, volunteer, support and engage with each group I dedicate my time to.

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  7. For my service, I have been trying to put work in with the Utah Food Bank. It's very important to go and put in the physical labor for the organization but it's also important to educate the community. Not many people know how many Utahns actually benefit or live off of the services of the food bank. Become social and educate others that hunger is an issue in the U.S. It's important to do your part inside and outside of an organization.

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  8. It's a work in progress. You have to be open with yourself and know yourself really well. You have to be aware of all the hangups you have that prevent you from really engaging with people and not judging through your unique world view. You have to create a new world view that goes beyond your prejudices and biases and that sees new possibilities and new ways of acting and being that shun derisiveness and separation, that inspire positive action, forgiveness, and understanding. You begin to see everyone's unique talents and positive qualities and promote those things as essential to finding new proactive solutions.

    I'm still at the first step of trying to encourage my self awareness and understand my biased world view. I'm trying to see the things that are holding me back from realizing my full potential and true life calling. Once I figure those things out I can step into something unknown and new and redefine myself and my needs and wants.

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  9. I am working to be a social agent by becoming knowledgeable in the many ways that I can be helping my community and applying the learned ways to my everyday lifestyle and choices. From working with patients in a clinic to picking up recycling or volunteering with my "Little," I have been doing my very best. I try to apply these practices with my community partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters, by informing my "Little" the many things she could be doing to better the world around her and her loved ones.
    It depends what you mean by "outsider." Sometimes I feel like I am outsider because people around me choose not to apply their knowledge or even seek the knowledge that needs to be obtained to better the community around us. From the opposing side, I can see how a lot of my peers try to engage in as much as they can, so I don't feel too alone! OF course there is always two sides to everything!

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  10. I am working to be a social agent by becoming knowledgeable in the many ways that I can be helping my community and applying the learned ways to my everyday lifestyle and choices. From working with patients in a clinic to picking up recycling or volunteering with my "Little," I have been doing my very best. I try to apply these practices with my community partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters, by informing my "Little" the many things she could be doing to better the world around her and her loved ones.
    It depends what you mean by "outsider." Sometimes I feel like I am outsider because people around me choose not to apply their knowledge or even seek the knowledge that needs to be obtained to better the community around us. From the opposing side, I can see how a lot of my peers try to engage in as much as they can, so I don't feel too alone! OF course there is always two sides to everything!

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