“Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well-being of those people. It is a powerful vehicle for bringing about environmental and behavioral changes that will improve the health of the community and its members. It often involves partnerships and coalitions that help mobilize resources and influence systems, change relationships among partners, and serve as catalysts for changing policies, programs, and practices.”
– Fawcett et al., 1995, CDC Community Engagement Project
The COSAM Office of Diversity believes community outreach is a vital component of college life. Students are encouraged by the COSAM Diversity staff to participate in volunteer activities in the Auburn/Opelika Area while attending college at Auburn University. The COSAM Office of Diversity collaborates with Wanda Lewis and Yvonne Batts of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County during the Summer Bridge Program. Students participate in 2-3 community service activities during the summer. During community outreach, students visit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Auburn and Opelika. Experiments conducted include Fruit Genetics: Strawberry DNA Extraction, a Lesson in Solubility and Polymer Chemistry: Making Slime. These COSAM prefreshmen serve as role models for younger children interested in sciences and mathematics. After these volunteer experiences, many students decide to volunteer during their career at Auburn University.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lee County (Opelika)