School of Communication Faculty Participate in Service-Learning ‘Immersion’

The School of Communication showed that students are not the only ones who live by the East Carolina University motto ‘servire.’ Dr. Rebecca Dumlao, associate professor of communication and chair of the University Service-Learning Committee, recently organized the 9th Annual ECU Conference on Service-Learning at ECU.

The event included a ‘Service-Learning Immersion’ at the Eastern North Carolina Food Bank in Greenville. Dumlao, along with fellow faculty member Mike Cavannagh, received a hands-on experience of what students do at the food bank, including sorting cans.

“We had to go through and sort the sweet potato cans and decide which ones needed to be thrown out,” Dumlao said. “We went through an entire flat.”

Following the event at the food bank, the group held a discussion on how to connect the work they did to classroom theories.

“Service-Learning is a chance for students to reflect on how they saw theories from class in action or how they saw them not working,” Dumlao said.

The three-day event featured key speakers: Dr. Patti Clayton, senior scholar with the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and visiting fellow with the New England Resource Center for Higher Education; Dr. Barbara Jacoby, faculty associate for Leadership Community Service-Learning at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park.