Berkeley College students enrolled in an online World Cultures class recently partnered with Casa de los Angeles in Mexico as part of an Academic Service Learning project. Casa de los Angeles is a nonprofit center that supports underprivileged families by providing such services as daycare, transitional housing, a food bank and medical care. The Berkeley College students created blogs designed to educate and engage supporters and to attract volunteers to the family support center.

 Berkeley College students enrolled in an online World Cultures class recently partnered with Casa de los Angeles in Mexico as part of an Academic Service Learning project. Casa de los Angeles is a nonprofit center that supports underprivileged families by providing such services as daycare, transitional housing, a food bank and medical care. The Berkeley College students created blogs designed to educate and engage supporters and to attract volunteers to the family support center.   
 
“This hands-on project, along with in-depth class discussions and reflective journals, helped enrich the study of world cultures and provided a transformative learning experience,” said Marilyn Kulik, PhD, Humanities and Social Sciences, Online, School of Liberal Arts, who taught the 12-week course.   


In an online post following the project one of the student teams wrote: “By creating this sample blog we hope to contribute ideas for bringing awareness to potential donors and volunteers to help expand the organization and help end poverty. The service project has taught us responsibility and allowed us to help strengthen a community.”
 
Casa de los Angeles Founder Donna Quathamer said that the blog created by Berkeley College Online students will become an “integral part of the social media strategy” for the center.
 
“With better communication, we will be able to connect with former volunteers as well as with new supporters who have hopes of joining us,” Ms. Quathamer said.
 
To read more about the Casa de los Angeles Academic Service Learning project visit Dr. Kulik’s blog at http://professorkulik.blogspot.com/2010/06/congratulations-soc-205-online-service.html