SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center) is the community engagement and service-learning center for the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine. The center provides academic, professional and personal development opportunities through community outreach and service-learning partnerships with over 100 community-based organizations in Baltimore City. SOURCE serves as a channel for student, faculty and staff involvement with community organizations and local projects–particularly, but not exclusively, focusing on East Baltimore neighborhoods in close proximity to the East Baltimore campus.
SOURCE utilizes service-learning in its programs and activities – a pedagogy with a social justice lens Service-learning is defined as “a structured learning experience that combines community service with preparation and reflection. Students engaged in service-learning provide community service in response to community-identified concerns and learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their role as citizens.” (Seifer, 1998, Academic Medicine).
Service-learning provides rich opportunities for participants to collaborate with people who are ethnically, racially, socioeconomically, etc. different from them; leading to more responsive and socially active practice, transformative social change, and greater understanding of self and others.
Several SOURCE programs offer meaningful, mutually beneficial community engagement opportunities for the JHU health professional schools, including:
SOURCE Service Scholars – interdisciplinary cohort of students who lead community-identified projects in partnership with local non-profits
SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty and Community Fellows – a cohort of faculty and community leaders trained in service-learning, working to offer more for-credit service-learning courses
SOURCE HIV Counseling and Testing Program – interdisciplinary cohort of students certified in the state of MD as HIV counselors who provide counseling and testing at participating community clinics
Additionally, SOURCE supports the movement of society toward equality, nonviolent conflict resolution, participatory democracy, and the recognition of oppression in its multiple forms. Through the efforts of our SOURCE Social Justice Task Force, a collective is working to strategically and intentionally include a focus on social justice in programming.
View more information about SOURCE online, or contact SOURCE directly at [email protected] or 410-955-3880.