“I love it when our students volunteer. But it’s not enough. If it creates a generation celebrating its efficacy just in terms of volunteerism and not with any consideration of injustice or structural change, are we even addressing the problem?”
Stephen Black, Director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama, delivered a provocative keynote to a room of 250 civic and community engagement professionals last month. Focused on articulating where we’ve come since the civil rights movement, Stephen Black paints a compelling picture of what the work of service-learning and civic engagement means now.
A self-identified “service-learning stalker,” Dr. Black drew upon reams of knowledge of the field and cited several statewide examples tied to his work through the University of Alabama. The rhetoric and storytelling brought home his message of moving from ‘service’ to ‘justice’ in engaging students and campuses in community-based work.
Inspiring and humorous, listen above for the full speech. (section 24:00 – 30:00 is particularly good!)