Service in the Region and On Campus
My most important local service has been in community building. Our department, dedicated to the interdisciplinary field of American Studies, also works with a number of other interdisciplinary programs on campus, including African Studies, the Contemporary Cultural Diversity Program, the Ethics Program, Environmental Sciences, the Honors Program, the Department of Health Sciences, the Journalism Minor, the Library, the Philosophy Department, Women and Gender Studies.
My classes include a dedication to community building through work with the Cross-Cultural Center, the Career Services Office, Marketing and Communications, Student Life, and Facilities Management for various class projects on campus. The field trips and research projects in classes have contributed to bridge building with many community groups off campus as well, including the Cultural Arts Center, the West Volusia Historical Society, the DeLand Garden Club, Friends of Lake Woodruff, Blue Spring State Park, DeLand High School, George Marks School, Children's House Montessori School, the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, the Unitarian-Universalist Church, ROTC at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Peace DeLand. Each contact means another opportunity for our students.