2010 Selkregg Community Engagement & Service Learning Award Winner

 Catherine Sullivan

 

Associate Professor of Nursing Catherine Sullivan was the recipient of the 2010 Selkregg Community Engagement and Service Learning Award.  The award supported her work with Catholic Social Services, the Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (RAIS) program, and the newly formed Refugee Youth Choir in Mountain View.

The Refugee Youth Choir is composed of children and teens from many different countries, including Somalia, Bhutan, Sudan, and Iraq.  Professor Sullivan and a group of senior nursing students worked with these young people to identify and address health concerns affecting themselves and their families. Some of the concerns included dealing with the stress of relocation to a new country, building positive peer support networks, avoiding harmful behaviors, and accessing health care in a new and very different land. This community health learning experience increased the students' awareness of diversity in Anchorage and gave them hands-on practice with some of the ways health care providers must adapt to meet the needs of new immigrants.

The Selkregg Community Engagement and Service Learning Award supports faculty to develop community-based, applied research and course-based service-learning projects. The annual $5000 Award encourages, rewards, and inspires faculty to creatively engage their students in learning and research projects that benefit both the students and the community at large. The outcomes of these projects include significant discipline-based scholarship, community partnerships, and student leadership opportunities.

 

2010 Selkregg Project Video-Cathy Sullivan