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Service & Social Action

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Program Components

The program consists of four key components:

Orientation – The program begins with a 2 hour meeting that provides an overview of the elements, timelines, mentoring opportunities, and requirements. Orientation will also include personal assessments so that students can effectively track their progress and growth.

Knowledge Acquisition – Students are required to take either INS 150, 151, and 152 Cross-Cultural Engagement OR INS 154 Global Service Engagement. The INS 150-152 sequence provides background information, theory, development, analysis of experiences, and reflection activities for students who study abroad. Students must complete all three courses in order and can do so at any point during the program. INS 154 is a 3-credit course that explores issues in global service, international development, and social change.

Experiential Learning – Students have the opportunity to earn points for a broad spectrum of activities. Over the course of the program, students will earn at least 100 points. Students can earn points for participation in service-learning classes, leadership in campus organizations, participation in Wake Alternative Break or international service trips, community-based research, consistent community service, study abroad (full year, semester, summer programs, etc.), research abroad, presentations at international conferences, and much more.

Capstone Experience – The Capstone component helps students to connect the dots of their Wake Forest and Laureates experiences. During the capstone, participants will work with a mentor to develop a proposal and a way to visualize their learning as a result of their participation in the Laureates Program. They will work with their selected mentor to develop goals, objectives, timelines, and other ideas for their capstone project. The capstone may be the following or an individual creation: a paper; a project that is locally, domestically, or internationally based; a research project; a creative expression of their learning; development of a non-profit organization, an action plan directed at forming such an organization, or a related business plan; an internship; creation of a program or activity for children; creation of a sustainable activity for Wake Forest students; and the creation and presentation of a Laureates Portfolio. The Portfolio should outline each event or program intended, class papers, skill building workshop outcomes, etc. All elements of the program must be represented in some way in the portfolio.

All participants will receive a certificate of completion, a recognition dinner, and other gifts.