“Anyone can participate in the Campus & Community Network, either as a concerned citizen, service provider, student, faculty or staff member,” said Leah Ashwill, director at the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships. The Campus & Community Network brings together members of the campus and the broader community who are interested in working together to address ongoing societal challenges that have proven difficult to address adequately with existing programs and resources.
In short, the CCN is a group of individuals who work together to better the community, and the next workshop for individuals interested in joining the network takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.
Seven work groups emerged from the inaugural Campus & Community Network, ranging from improved coordination of English as Second Language for adults to youth development to homelessness. During the upcoming fall workshop, the existing work groups will report on their activities, and new groups may be formed to address additional topics identified through the survey and registration process. Discussions will take place regarding ways to work together to build community in these identified areas of concern.
Those who participate in the Campus & Community Network are expected to share ideas and input via online communication and in person at a biannual network meeting, as well as participate in a work group identified in your respective area of interest or expertise, as needed to address the ongoing community challenges identified through the network.
The ALIVE Center created the Campus & Community network after participants in a partnership workshop requested a way to apply the knowledge they have gained to collaborate in the community. Now, the role of the ALIVE CCP for the Campus & Community Network is to gather input from network participants, identify recurring areas of concern, research existing organizations and efforts to include in future discussions, and invite all who wish to participate to an open venue to analyze the issues, take an inventory of existing resources, and develop work groups to address specific challenges and ongoing areas of community need.
WKU believes in stewarding a higher quality of life for those within its reach, and the CCN hopes to help in that process. “In order to try to improve the quality of life in our region, we first need to know what the needs are. We try to get people together in order identify what the needs are, so that they can be an active participants the process of improving quality of life in our region,” said Nadia De Leon, ALIVE Center Community Engagement Coordinator.
For information about the Campus & Community Network, contact Nadia De Leon at the ALIVE Center at (270) 782-0082. Those interested in attending the Campus & Community Network fall workshop can call the ALIVE Center or register online.
Contact: Aurelia Spaulding, (270) 782-0082.