Community and Civic Engagement During COVID-19

The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning is a civic engagement center with a mission “to cultivate and steward equitable partnerships between communities and the University of Michigan in order to advance social change for the public good.” Building on that mission, the Ginsberg Center has a vision for inclusive democracy, thriving diverse communities, and equity and social justice. 

In this episode of Michigan Minds, Ginsberg Center staff discuss living up to that mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. The individuals featured in the podcast are: 

  • Neeraja Aravamudan, Associate Director for Teaching, Research and Academic Partnerships 
  • Mary Jo Callan, Director 
  • Danyelle Reynolds, Assistant Director for Student Learning and Leadership
  • Sara Saylor, Assistant Director for Community Engagement
  • Dave Waterhouse, Associate Director

They explain how the Ginsberg Center adapted its work during the COVID-19 pandemic and share advice for other community-facing organizations on adjusting in response to current circumstances. 

“I think amidst the turmoil and crisis, COVID-19 has given us an incredible opportunity to really reimagine how we deliver on a world-class education, especially for students who came here to engage in broader communities and to change society,” Callan says. 

Learn more in this episode of Michigan Minds.