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Sharpe students get to take courses specifically designed to foster critical thinking while engaging actively within communities.  The primary goal of the Sharpe Program is to connect academic coursework with community-based learning and research. All Sharpe Scholars enroll in a common course (described below) and a community-centered COLL100/150 with others in the program.

INTR190 Living Learning

INTR190 is
required of Sharpe Scholars in both Fall and Spring semesters (1 credit each semester), as a co-curricular course (taken with an assigned Sharpe
course)INTR190 is designed to help you integrate a critical set of academic and community skills for conducting participatory action researchSharpe scholars will learn to:

  • Develop and articulate clearly the scholarly and learning intentions associated with a community-based research project, partnership, or goal 
  • Collaborate effectively and responsively with faculty, fellow students, individuals and partners in the community, and relevant others in forming shared goals, organizing collective resources, and designing appropriate approaches to community issues, according to intercultural and group partnering dynamics
  • Facilitate learning within the classroom and outside of it, by generating knowledge for further examination, use, or development in other educational and community capacities 
  • Evaluate experiences in engaged scholarship, in terms of scholastic productivity, community impact, and other pre-determined, project-specific goals and outcomes. 

All first-year scholars selected for the Living-Learning Community enroll in one of several COLL100/150 seminars specially designed by faculty to create a foundation for developing community-engaged research skills.