The Reflectives blog

Why I Serve: A Student’s Perspective

October 17, 2014- Posted by Liz Machesney, a senior majoring in Human Development and Spanish. She is a member of VT Engage’s SERVE Living Learning Community. Most of you who read this blog regularly or only stumbled upon it today are likely involved in or interested in service. I fit into this group of people…

Do we fail if service doesn’t “make a difference?”

September 1, 2014- Posted by Lindsey Gleason, VT Engage’s Communications and Administrative Coordinator. We hear it a lot at VT Engage- that volunteer work  “MAKES A DIFFERENCE”,  “CHANGES LIVES”, or “SAVES THE WORLD”. As a communicator, I understand the impulse to want to talk this way. It captures your audience’s attention. It sounds like you’ll do…

Patty Perillo on why service matters & VT Engage’s move to DSA

June 18, 2014- On July 1st, VT Engage will officially join the Division of Student Affairs. VT Engage Director Gary Kirk and Communications and Administrative Coordinator, Lindsey Gleason, recently sat down with Vice President for Student Affairs, Patty Perillo. We discussed her thoughts on what Ut Prosim means to her, how VT Engage’s work will…

We Come to Serve, Not to Save: International Service Immersion

May 15, 2014- Posted by Lucy Adams, VT Engage Engagement Program Associate & Adi Kusuma, Civic Engagement Associate at VT Engage and a doctoral student at the Center for Public Administration and Policy. A Leader’s Frustration (Lucy) Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic: “We did it!” Our team high fives each another over the garden bed we’ve…