University of the Incarnate Word – Associate Professor
Campus-Community Engagement Cohort
As a spouse of an active-duty service member, I know that the CALL TO SERVICE can come at any time. …I strive to collaborate with other campuses, organizations, and communities to share the same values of promoting a more inclusive environment for people of many different faiths, cultures, and backgrounds. This was a great opportunity for me to learn how to bridge interprofessional and interfaith efforts in our academic and community work. The world around us is changing rapidly, with new and complex issues facing communities everywhere. I am excited to build a cohort of like-minded individuals who are passionate about interfaith campus-community engagement. I am hoping we can develop a strong foundation of collaboration to engage in intercampus activities in the future to have a greater impact.
We also have opportunities for communities and students to meet others via the use of the internet. As devastating pandemic is, the use of technology was embraced, and the world became closer. We need to help each other through this difficult time and be there for each other. We are all part of one community. I believe that this is an important time when we need to come together as human beings regardless of our background or religion. I am hoping that my cohort will be a place where we can come together to talk about what it means to be engaged in our communities, and how to use our faith as a way of being engaged.
The diversity of talent and the wealth of experience in this group is amazing. We are finding many connections between our work, which leads to many interesting conversations about what we are doing, how it relates to other fields, and how we might collaborate in the future. The willingness to help each other, strong support of each other’s learning and growth, and contribution to informative discussions are unprecedented. I am looking forward to our future meetings and collaborations.