Student Leaders outside Patterson

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Whether this is your first experience with community service, you’re looking to further develop your volunteer and leadership skills, or your student organization is looking to hold a facilitated social issue dialogue, Terps for Change has something for everyone. Check out the options below to see what your Terps for Change journey could look like!

 

Perfect for…

  • First-year students in search of an on-campus community
  • First-time service learners
  • Those building on previous service experience
  • Those interested in deepening their understanding of social issues and inequities

 

What you’ll do: 

  • Apply at the start of the semester and complete a 20-minute interview
  • Commit to at least one semester of service
  • Serve at least 2-3 hours at your site each week for the duration of the program
  • Participate in a weekly hour-long dialogue with volunteers from other service sites

 

Skills you’ll gain: 

  • Hands-on service experience in a specialized issue area
  • Professional development
  • The ability to speak across difference about complex topics
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Perfect for…

  • Student organizations looking to engage members in a discussion about social issues, social identity, inclusion, or community voice
  • Student service organizations looking to deepen their reflection and social issue education

 

What you’ll do: 

  • Fill out the form linked below to show your interest in hosting a Pop-Up Dialogue
  • Have a consultation with a Terps for Change staff member to see if Pop-Ups is the right fit for your organization
  • A Terps for Change Coordinator will visit your organization and facilitate a community dialogue and reflective discussion on social issues, social identities, or community voice, depending on the needs and interests of your organization.
  • Your leadership has the option to work with our coordinators to design the discussion/activity plan to better suit your org's mission
Host a Pop-Up

Perfect for… 

  • Former Terps for Change volunteers looking to dedicate more time and energy to the program
  • Students looking to develop leadership, facilitation, and logistical skills
  • Organized, team-oriented students with strong communication skills and a willingness to learn and grow

 

What you’ll do: 

  • Apply the semester before your desired year of service and complete a 30-minute interview
  • Commit to a full academic semester (about 10 hours a week) as a coordinator
  • Attend weekly Monday Night Meetings (Mondays 4:00-5:00pm) to develop facilitation and leadership skills (attendance at MNM every week is mandatory, so keep this in mind when applying)
  • Attend student leader retreats at the beginning of each semester
  • Assist with marketing and recruitment for Terps for Change volunteers
  • Meet weekly and maintain regular communication with your Co-Coordinators.
  • Volunteer at your Terps for Change site weekly.
  • Co-facilitate interactive and informative activity plans for 8 weekly one-hour community dialogues. 
  • Work with Terps for Change staff individually and in Team Debriefs for problem-solving and professional development
  • Conduct site visits during the first two weeks of class
  • Build community and enhance participation among the T4C participants you work with

 

Skills you’ll gain: 

  • Plan and facilitate a quality dialogue experience
  • Develop communication and organizational skills
  • Analyze social issues as they relate to service
  • Understand how social identities impact our lives and society
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Building relationships with community partners and managing logistics
Coordinator Position Description

Perfect for…

  • Former Terps for Change coordinators looking for an even more intensive leadership experience
  • Experienced and organized student leaders looking to deepen professional development in specific project areas
  • Creative and collaborative students interested in contributing their ideas and experiences to the growth and development of the program as a whole

 

The Terps for Change internship is a selective opportunity open only to students who have previously served in a leadership role with Terps for Change. Inquire at terpsforchange@umd.edu for a full position description and information on how to apply. 

 

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