1. Critical Reflection
- Demonstrates evidence of growing self-awareness and development through ongoing reflection on experience, practice and context.
- Identifies assumptions (taken-for-granted ideas, “commonsense” beliefs, inherited values) that underlie beliefs and actions.
- Assesses and scrutinizes the validity of assumptions through dialogue, practical experiences and expanded understanding of context.
- Challenges assumptions, becoming more inclusive, critical and integrative, and uses newly-formed knowledge to more appropriately inform future actions and practices.
2. Integrative Learning
- Connects and extends knowledge across fields of study and inquiry and in relation to experiences gained outside of the classroom.
- Uses skills, approaches and knowledge from multiple disciplines and perspectives to understand and develop responses to complex questions, challenges or problems.
- Makes connections between academic studies (theory) and experiential learning contexts (practice).
- Adapts and applies skills, abilities, theories or methodologies gained in one situation to new situations.
(Adapted from AAC&U Integrative Learning VALUE Rubric: https://www.aacu.org/value/rubrics/integrative-learning)
3. Cultural Understanding and Humility
- Demonstrates capacity to be transformed - in knowledge, attitudes and behavior - by engagements with multiple points of view, experiences and worldviews.
- Investigates and understands cultural, historical, social, political and economic factors that shape communities and the perspectives and identities of community members.
- Studies patterns of subconscious and conscious bias and stereotyping and recognizes his or her own positionality and privilege.
- Understands dynamics of community mistrust arising from historical and institutional practices and policies.
- Works actively to redress power imbalances in social interactions and decision-making.
- Demonstrates ongoing engagement in lifelong learning, critical self-reflection and reflective practice across contexts
(Adapted from Tervalon & Murray-Garcia, 1998; Ross, L., Notes from the field: Learning cultural humility through critical incidents and central challenges in community-based participatory research. Journal of Community Practice, 2010)
4. Ethical Practice
- Demonstrates understanding of ethical and social justice concerns and increased sense of social responsibility. Explores intersections between identity and privilege; possesses moral and political courage to take risks to achieve greater public good.
- Recognizes other points of view and actively considers standpoint of others (empathy).
- Analyzes complex ethical and social justice issues,
- Identifies and challenges power imbalances.
- Acts respectfully and responsibly in all forms of community work
- Takes informed and responsible action to address ethical and social justice challenges.
5. Civic, Community and Public Engagement
- Understands roots of inequality and injustice in communities and develops knowledge, skills, values and motivation needed to bring about positive social and political change.
- Understands how to identify the needs and assets of communities.
- Understands benefits and potential challenges of community-campus partnerships.
- Analyzes structural conditions that have resulted in injustice, inequality and other forms of social marginality.
- Identifies and analyzes relevant pathways for social change.
- Works collaboratively with community partners to develop and implement appropriate social change strategies.
6. Effective Action, Collaboration and Leadership
- Demonstrates ability to operate effectively - individually and collaboratively - in planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating actions required to advance social change.
- Understands and articulates multiple modes of social change and interconnected systems and structures of power.
- Identifies points of entry for individual and community action to address systemic challenges and develop strategies for change.
- Identifies strengths and resources in oneself and in teams, and builds constructive and meaningful relationships.
- Navigates existing structures to yield sustainable, just and systemic change.
- Communicates clearly and effectively across contexts, in groups and in various media.
- Acts effectively as a participatory, inclusive, purposeful and process-oriented leader.