Arts Advocacy

Participants of the Arts Advocacy VASE Program will work together to design their own framework for a volunteer/engagement program related to art forms of the participants’ choice. VASE will provide Lawrentains with tools, instruction, and experiences throughout the 8 week program that will enable them to organize successful outreach opportunities while forming a community with other VASE members. The time commitment for VASE includes 1 hour long meeting or activity each week, plus as much time as you wish to spend working on your own program outside of meetings. Weekly meeting time will be flexible according to the schedules of participants!

Week 3: Introductions and arts related mindfulness activity
Week 4: How to plan outreach events/volunteer programs 101
Week 5: Anti-Racism Training
Week 6: Guest speaker
Week 7: Brainstorm ideas for potential programs with group and discussion about needs and barriers involving arts advocacy
Week 8: Work on program ideas with group
Week 9: Possible community organization partnership/group discussion
Week 10: Present program proposals/Reflection

Contact Lexie Livingood with any questions.

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Equal Access to Education

The Equal Access to Education VASE Program will provide Lawrentians with a service-based experience that will 1). help Lawrentians articulate why ensuring equal access to education is important, 2). understand the privilege students have in their journey within the various systems of education 3) create a proposal for a project/program that helps ensure access to Education. This program hopes to spark a large conversation about an individual’s most basic right to a free and quality education. The essential question we will work around is: Why Education? There are no requirements of Lawrence students, but please come in eager to learn about how students are learning!

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Animal Welfare

Through community engagement and discussions, Lawrentians will have an in-depth learning experience about Animal Welfare in the Fox Valley area and Animal Welfare issues at large. By the end of the program, individuals will understand issues of Animal Welfare, how to address said issues, and the importance of volunteering with animals.

Viking Ambassadors will meet each Saturday for roughly 2 hours and explore various volunteer opportunities and Animal Welfare issues. There will also be a reading period trip to an animal sanctuary for an extended stay with animals and a more in-depth experience.

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Environment and Sustainability

The mission of the program is to help first year Lawrence student gain a local and a global perspective on sustainability issues through volunteering at local farms, attending a sustainability summit, and talking to professionals. Click here for additional information.

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Fair Housing

The Fair Housing VASE program seeks to educate first year students about issues of homelessness in the Fox Valley. Although in person volunteering is limited for now, VASE aims to equip Lawrentians with information about how to advocate for social issues you deeply care about in creative ways. You will also have the chance to design a small program for the CCE to experience what it is like to work in community engagement related fields. The local nonprofit organizations we will work with include Pillars, Harbor House and Habitat for Humanity. Weekly dinner meetings will be held on Monday nights. More small and safe outdoor volunteer opportunities are on their way if conditions permit.

This schedule is subject to changes

Week 1: Getting to know each other, express desires, goals and ideas
Week 2: Anti-Racism training
Week 3: Ethical Volunteer training
Week 4: Community Partner Speaker
Week 5: Civic Engagement Activity
Week 6: Grant Writing workshop
Week 7: Volunteer management training
Week 8: Celebration!

Contact Shirley Xu with any questions.

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Child Advocacy