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The Native American Studies Service-Learning Partnership

The Native American Studies Service-Learning Partnership

The service-learning partnership with Ganondagan Native American Historic Site is designed to achieve student learning outcomes as well as advance students' understanding and appreciation of Haudenosaunee culture.

 The Native American Studies Service-Learning Partnership is a collaboration of community, faculty, and student expertise and interests. The service-learning partnership with Ganondagan Native American Historic Sited and Nazareth College's Center for Service-Learning is designed to achieve undergraduate and graduate student learning outcomes as well as advance students' understanding and appreciation of Haudenosaunee culture.

In order to achieve these outcomes, it is important to have an approach to service-learning that recognizes the history and strengths of our community partner, enriches the multiple perspectives represented, and honors the uniqueness of each contributor. Therefore, we consider a "community bowl" approach to guide our service-learning collaboration. the symbolic Haudenosaunee community bowl blends the unique gifts and talents of all partners in order to collaboratively teach, learn, and serve.

The essential ingredients within our community bowl include rigorous and reflective learning, relationship-centers service, and reciprocal decision-making and responsibility.

Partnership Outcomes

Enhance Values and Attitudes:

  • Acknowledge, respect and appreciate cultures and beliefs of the Haudenosaunee people
  • Increase demonstration of sensitivity in word choice and respect
  • Instill sensitivity between Haudenosaunee people and the Nazareth College community to model peacemaking

Increase Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Create complex relations between scholarship and local communities
  • Enhance understanding of historical and current peacemaking and social justice issues
  • Articulate core Haudenosaunee principles and values about culture and peacemaking
  • Understanding the importance of personal power

Develop Skills and Action:

  • Engage with others in a reciprocally beneficial way
  • Reflect upon human values found within Haudenosaunee culture
  • Promote an awareness of peacemaker and peacemaking, and how it is used today
  • Display critical thinking that includes evaluation of written and scientific knowledge as well as Native oral traditions
  • Demonstrate awareness of one's subjective reality, including personal bias and reflective mood

 

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