RCAH faculty recognized for civic engagement contributions at Michigan State University

On Friday, November 7, 2014, RCAH Assistant Professor Patti Rogers and RCAH Lecturer Guillermo Delgado were recognized for their civic engagment contributions in 2013 and 2014 at MSU's Service Learning and Civic Engagement Awards. In addition to individual college awards, the ceremony also included recognition of the Engagement Innovator Awards, the Outstanding Community Partner Awards, the Philanthropic Leader Award, and the 2014 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award.

Patti Rogers and Guillermo Delgado were each recipients of the 2013 and 2014 MSU Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award. The annual award recognizes innovative and/or sustained effort in the area of academic, curricular or co-curricular service-learning/civic engagement that is specifically linked with the mission and efforts of each college at Michigan State University.

Guillermo Delgado was one of two MSU recipients of the 2013 and 2014 Engagement Innovator Award. This award recognizes faculty who, through innovation and imagination, connected their expertise and scholarship with community outreach in ongoing ways that benefited the public, the campus, and the scholarly community. Specifically, the Engagement Innovator Award seeks to identify faculty who have developed innovative scholarly approaches to engage community partners in a meaningful and sustainable manner, have a shared and transparent vision of the project goals with community stakeholders, and have used innovation to position the project for future growth.

The MSU Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, in partnership with the Office of the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services, and with endorsement from the Office of the Provost, initiated the awards in 2008.

“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of faculty, staff, and longstanding community partners for their collaborative efforts. MSU’s faculty continually demonstrate an innovative approach for connecting campus and community, and that plays a critical role in the development of students as engaged citizens. That commitment, combined with the support of community partners, ensures that lifelong engagement is a distinction of students and graduates of Michigan State University,” said Renee Zientek, director of the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.

About Patti Rogers' civic engagement work:

In 2009, Assistant Professor Patricia Rogers learned that girls' self-esteem appears to drop in fifth grade, and set out to change that. Working with students in RCAH civic engagement courses, Rogers adapted a program developed by Carol Lapidos in southeast Michigan for Lansing Public Schools. Since then, It’s Great to a Girl at MSU has connected RCAH “femtors” with 15-25 5th graders at Cumberland, Mt. Hope and North schools in programming designed to increase self-esteem and prepare girls for the challenges of bullying, body image and emotional health. Lansing teacher Geneva Martin told the Brightside Newsletter that the program has had a significant impact. “A lot of the girls who never spoke out before started opening up,” she said. Currently, Rogers and her students, with help from the Capital Region Community Foundation, are developing a manual that will take the program to school districts across the region.

About Guillermo Delgado's civic engagement work:

After more than two decades integrating civic and community engagement in both his teaching and artistic practice, RCAH Lecturer Guillermo Delgado begins his courses with a quote from Murri Artist/Educator Lilla Watson: “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” Delgado, having engaged in a half-dozen major community projects with MSU students and residents, says that everyone one must feel responsible for their collaborative success. Delgado, RCAH students and residents have worked together on a mural on community with refugee youth, a community exhibition with REO Town youth on the “Patterns of Place”, a “Selfie Project” with youth at East Lansing Library and one of the largest community-based art installations in Lansing’s history, Art @ Work at Peckham, Inc’s headquarters in north Lansing.


For additional images of Patti Rogers' and Guillermo Delgado's recent civic engagement collaborations, visit the Art@Work and Art of the Selfie photo galleries via the RCAH's Flickr albums.

Awards photo credit: University Outreach and Engagement. Patti Rogers photo credit: Ian Siporin. Guillermo Delgado photo credit: Becky Shink.