How are universities developing service learning programs that train humanities graduate students to combine teaching and civic engagement? How can these programs expand the role of the humanities public scholar and educator (the teaching-assistant), as well as lead to alternative career paths within and beyond the academy? Beth Goodhue (Associate Director for Engaged Teaching, UCLA Center for Community Learning) and Lisa Felipe (Director, Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms [EPIC] Program) sit down with Helga Zambrano (Humanists@Work Graduate Advisory Committee, 2015-16) to discuss service learning and diversity education offered at the UCLA Center for Community Learning and within humanities departments at UCLA. The program trains humanities graduate student to work alongside faculty to develop a rigorous academic humanities curriculum centered around issues of social justice and diversity that can also directly engage with community-based service. These projects encourage pathways to reimagine the humanities teaching experience within and beyond the classroom and offer valuable professional experience for a variety of careers.
Author: Helga Zambrano
Helga is a UCLA Comparative Literature graduate student and advisor/researcher for UCHRI Humanists@Work graduate student committee. While working with Humanists@Work, she is dedicated to build video/podcast public platforms to feature the personal testimonies of Humanities PhDs who pursue alt-ac careers. When Helga is not teaching or researching, she is passionate about grad student affairs and public humanities projects at UCLA.