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UNC Charlotte Research Symposium & WINGS
Posted by 102f on April 25, 2016 · Flag
College students are an integral part of the success of WINGS as they deliver daily the social and emotional content that makes a profound impact in the lives of elementary age students. With the mounting awareness of academic disparities in the Charlotte area it comes as no surprise that WINGS was on full display during UNC Charlotte’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 20, 2015. Students from Dr. Susan Harden’s CUYC 3600 Service-Learning course researched topics ranging from the importance of attracting and recruiting the best talent to work with and teach social and emotional skills to kids in lower-performing schools, to the impact that student organizations can have in raising much needed capital – human and financial – and building capacity to deepen and broaden the awareness of WINGS Charlotte. The modern day “Communiversity” relationship has blossomed into one where the Academy, community and non-profits co-labor as principal investigators to collectively solve problems together.
The fruits of this joint collaboration were poignantly captured in poster presentations produced by UNC Charlotte students Alanna Branch and Tierra Davis. As Alanna put it, “WINGS shed light on an important dimension of learning that is often overlooked in schools. I feel better equipped to pursue teaching with this new insight.” WINGS Charlotte is thankful for partnerships with other academic institutions such as Johnson C. Smith University, Central Piedmont Community College and others in helping us to extend the classroom experience into the after school setting.
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