SAIL Staff offer programs and trainings around a variety of topics. The recommended length is listed, but can be adapted/customized based on the needs/objectives of the group.
NOTE: Please allow for at least 2 weeks prior to program/training.
Community Based Learning (Service-Learning) Overview
This presentation is geared towards classes that incorporate community based learning into their coursework. This overview covers the basic philosophy of service, requirements, finding community partners, understanding capacity, professionalism, unintended harm and best practices for community engagement.
Utilizing interactive activities, this presentation allows students to identify the social issues they care about most and identifies how to navigate potential unintended harm. This presentation allows students to consider their role and responsibility in the community and to consider community voice in community engagement activities.
Active Citizen Continuum - What social issues are you passionate about and why?
This is an interactive activity that can be incorporated into any presentation. The Active Citizen Continuum challenges participants to consider their role in the community and knowledge of various social issues. By moving along the continuum, this activity identifies the importance of education around social issues and utilizes a community asset based approach to community engagement. This allows students to explore their passions, see the similarities and differences among their peers and allows for a deeper discussion of community and values.
Tree of Power
This activity is called Tree of Power, and is a tool that student organizers all over the nation use in social justice trainings. Through this activity, we hope that you can start to take a critical approach to the ways that you engage in social justice work. By the end of this activity, participants will be able to identify symptoms of systems of power and institutions that maintain/perpetuate them. Articulate the root causes of social issues and understand the concept of intersectionality and make clear distinctions between mitigative and transformative justice approaches
This presentation can share about our Alternative Break program in more detail. Often presented by our Alternative Break staff and students, it incorporates personal experiences, what to expect and how to apply.
Field Studies Opportunities
This presentation highlights the opportunities available through Field Studies, how to integrate this into your academic programs, how to prepare and what to consider before participating.
Opportunities to get involved with SAIL
This is another quick presentation that can be incorporated into any presentation that we do to share ways to get involved in SAIL and connect to community partners and programs.
Finding service opportunities
This presentation goes allows participants to identify service opportunities utilizing platforms such as Volunteer Fairfax, Mason Gives Back and the SAIL office. We can tailor opportunities to specific disciplines and requirements.