Students Use Classroom Content in Real World Context


HIGH POINT, N.C., March 10, 2014 – High Point University students are using with they’ve learned in class to good use at West End Ministries this semester.

The students are part of a Service Learning course in the Women’s and Gender Studies program. The course focuses on feminist theories of equality, and why it is important to act on the challenges facing women. To follow up on what they’re learning, students are spending time each week at West End, completing multiple tasks from sorting donations and answering questions over the phone to distributing meals and assisting with Life Skills classes.

“The theories we learn in class help us see things from the perspective of the women who come here for help,” says senior Katey Pierini. “It allows us to be of even more help to them when they have questions or concerns.”

The course is taught by Dr. Jenn Brandt, director of women’s and gender studies. She says the service component enhances what the students learn in the classroom.

“Through their work with West End Ministries and Leslie’s House, students are able to test the theories in the ‘real world,’ which not only enriches and deepens their understanding of the course material, but also has a positive impact on the greater High Point community,” says Brandt.

This is one of 21 service learning courses being offered in 11 majors on HPU’s campus during the 2013-2014 school year, ranging from English and photography to business and psychology.

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