The Reflectives blog

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…

My Linus Complex (and the Promise of Dialogue)

April 30, 2014 Posted by Gary Kirk, Director of VT Engage. For a long time, my approach to life and conversation was greatly influenced by the Peanuts character Linus who said, and I’m paraphrasing: Never discuss religion, politics, or the Great Pumpkin. Linus has a point. Often, discussions about issues that are deeply rooted in…

Learning from Community Resilience

April 8, 2014 Posted by Perry Martin, Senior Associate Director, Community Learning for VT Engage. This semester, as with every semester for the last 20 years, hundreds of students are actively working on community projects as part of their coursework at Virginia Tech. Courses involved in service learning (or community learning as we like to call…