Tag: Service learning

What the CSC means to me

By Corum Ketchum

The Community Service Center was my window to the outside world during my undergraduate career. I began my time with the CSC taking a risk: enrolling in an unknown, unverified course, Real World Eugene, that had the audacity to trust undergrads with the responsibility of doing “real” work. I was rewarded for my gambit with some of the most meaningful opportunities I have had in my time at the University of Oregon.

The CSC shows not tells. So much of the college experience is purely academic; high ideas that are never applied. My work in the CSC’s Real World Eugene and Community Planning Workshop gave me an outlet to test my mettle, a platform to use my education to make a difference. I was taught best practices and new ways of approaching problems. I was emboldened to create change beyond the university bubble.

To me, the CSC embodies trust and hope. It engages young minds with the nitty-gritty problems that Oregon faces daily, knowing that the passion and drive of its pupils can propel our community into a better tomorrow.  More importantly, it enables its students to do work that stands up on its own, beyond the classroom. I would not have the confidence and skills that I have today without the CSC.

Thank you, CSC, I would not be who I am without the help of all the great people that believed in me.

-Corum Ketchum

Corum graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Planning, Public Policy and Management.

Meet our Students: Leigh Anne Michael / Community and Regional Planning

Meet our Students: Leigh Anne Michael

Community and Regional Planning


What city, region, state do you call home?

I grew up in Tennessee and moved to Oregon in July 2012. I now consider Eugene, OR my home.

In which graduate program are you enrolled?

Community and Regional Planning

What is your area of concentration?

My area of concentration is community development, specifically economic development and redevelopment. I am also interested in social equity and the role that nonprofits play in economic development and redevelopment of communities. Because of my Community Planning Workshop (CPW) project I am also becoming interested in cultural competency.

What will you be doing for the Community Service Center?

I am working on the Diversity and Equity Strategic Plan (DESP) Evaluation for the City of Eugene. We are evaluating the internal culture of the organization and if it has changed since the implementation of the DESP in 2009. My team is administering a survey and interviewing City staff to measure change. We are also interviewing selected members of the community and synthesizing other City of Eugene outreach efforts. We will provide the City of Eugene with a final report of our findings and our recommendations for moving forward with their equity and human rights efforts.

How does your involvement with the Community Service Center relate to or inform your graduate studies?

My involvement with the Community Service Center directly relates to my graduate studies because I am already interested in social equity and human rights. Working on the DESP Evaluation allows me to gather a better understanding of how equity and human rights fit into the field of planning.

What can you say about the value of your Community Service Center experience?

I think this experience is extremely valuable. Applied learning makes school fun and provides real life experience. Without the Community Service Center I would not be able to interact with the community through an applied learning project. The knowledge and experience I gain from this project will help me throughout my career.

What outcome are you hoping for when your project ends?

When my project ends I hope to have a better understanding of what I want to do for my career. I hope to improve my technical writing and public speaking skills. Most importantly, I hope to understand how human rights, equity, and cultural competency are a part of the planning field.

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