Community Engagement Suites | St. Lawrence University Community Based Learning

Community Engagement Suites

Overview

Community Engagement Suites offer students the opportunity to continue engaging with the local community. By doing so, students integrate civic responsibility into their residential life. The goal is for students to work in conjunction with a community partner agency to maintain an existing campus-community partnership, whereby students are able to enhance their citizenship and leadership skills, as well as meet specific needs in the community. This is a year-long commitment. The two four-person suites are located in Hulett Hall.

***Please note that if you are planning to study abroad in either the fall or spring semester, you will need to find an alternate student to fill the vacant spot. For a Fall 2020 absence, the alternate student should apply with the group during the regular process and for a Spring 2021 absence, the alternate student should be identified by mid-October.

Requirements/Expectations of Applicants:

  • Maintain a GPA of at least a 2.75.
  • Participate in weekly engagement (up to at least two hours) with a community partner agency.
  • Participate in reflection sessions (usually every other week throughout the semester) with faculty and staff associated with CBL and Volunteer Services.
  • Represent the CBL and Volunteer Services at various functions to raise awareness about the housing opportunity and other pathways to engagement related programming (up to five hours per semester).

Expectations and Requirements

I understand that... 

  • The opportunity to live in Community Engagement Suites is a privilege and may be revoked at any time if I do not fulfill the requirements. I also understand that if my Community Engagement Suites privilege is revoked, I will be relocated as identified by Residence Life.
  • By selecting to live in the Community Engagement Suites, I am representing not only myself as an individual; but the Community Based Learning office and St. Lawrence University as a whole.
  • I must abide by the SLU Student Handbook and am subject to any university disciplinary sanction(s) described therein. Further, I understand that if a sanction(s) occurs, I must report these to CBL faculty/staff within 24 hours. Additionally, I understand that I may lose my Community Engagement Suites privilege depending on the severity of the sanction(s).
  • I will be required to sign a Housing and Social Responsibility Agreement that reinforces the SLU Student Handbook. Further, I understand that if I choose to not sign this agreement, I will forfeit my spot in Community Engagement Suites..
  • I will be required to participate in on-going, weekly engagement with a community agency/organization throughout the academic year.
  • I will be required to read, listen, and respond to all communication (phone, email, text, etc.) sent from CBL faculty/staff within two business days (M-F).
  • I will be required to participate in mandatory reflection sessions with CBL faculty/staff, and maintain any social media/public platforms associated with my experience.
  • I will be required to plan, attend, and co-facilitate the Community Engagement Suites Recruitment Information Session with fellow residents.
  • I will be required to take initiative with my engagement, and ask for help immediately if issues or questions arise.
  • I will be required to present at the Festival of SLU in the Community (both semesters) to share my community experiences with students, faculty and staff, and community partners.
  • As part of the selection process, a judiciary review will be completed on me before final selections are made. Further, if sanctions are found, I will have the opportunity to discuss them with the CBL fac/staff in my interview.

Required Application Documents

Community Engagement Suites Application

Letter of Interest: A brief essay (250 words) that indicates the population you are interested in working with, your previous/relevant experiences, and how you would enhance current programming. Please be sure to provide specific examples. Also, please describe how you will balance your academic and personal commitments to fulfill weekly engagement, reflection sessions, and a presentation at the Festival of SLU in the Community at the end of each semester.

Current (unofficial) Transcript: Students must have a GPA of at least 2.75. If an applicant does not meet this requirement, please indicate the reasoning behind this in the letter of interest and provide a plan for how the GPA will be improved. The transcript can be printed from APR.

Current Resume

Faculty/Staff Recommendation: From a SLU faculty/staff member who can speak to your maturity, leadership potential, and commitment to building community. 

Local Community Agency Recommendation: From a local (Canton and surrounding area) community member who you have worked closely with who can speak to your maturity, leadership potential, and commitment to building community. A recommendation may also be accepted from a community member within a student's hometown.

All documentation should be submitted online. For more information, please contact the CBL office at 315-229-5095 or cbl@stlawu.edu.

2019-2020 Housing Residents

Suite One
Community Placement Site: The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence New York (Fitness)

Maison Goldstien
Mason Leto
Jon Morrison 
Wayne Thimas

Suite Two
Community Placement Site: Canton Day Care Center

Jake Delaney
Mason Giunta
Matthew Mortellite
Davin Sweeney

Important Dates

Recruitment: February 20, 2020
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020
Interviews: March 5, 6, 9 and 10, 2020
Student Decisions: March 11/12, 2020