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Community Engaged Learning

Community engaged learning enables students can see the link between theory and practice, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and gain fluency in cross-cultural collaboration and communication.

Gallery of Community Engaged Learning Opportunities

The Program on Urban Studies is a pioneer of community engaged learning and experiential learning initiatives that combine academic coursework with real-world urban challenges and public service. 

URBANST164: Sustainable Cities (Offered Fall) - COURSE WEBSITE

Over the past ten years, over 200 Stanford University students have completed projects for the Sustainable Cities class in collaboration with Bay Area non-profit organizations and government agencies, including Redwood City, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Friends of Caltrain, the San Mateo County Health Department, the City of San Jose and Resilient Oakland Initiative. 

Projects include Alternative TransportationEnergy and WasteHealthy and Sustainable FoodPublic HealthSustainability and Urban Resilience Policy, and Youth Development. Please see below for a sample of past student projects:

 

                   

 

URBANST141: Gentrification (Offered Spring, Alternate Years) 

Image of the Faith in Action Facebook page

Neighborhoods in the Bay Area and around the world are undergoing a transformation known as gentrification. Middle- and upper-income people are moving into what were once low-income areas, and housing costs are on the rise. Tensions between “newcomers” and “old-timers,” who are often separated by race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, can erupt; high rents may force long-time residents to leave. In this class, students move beyond simplistic media depictions to explore the complex history, nature, causes, and consequences of this process. Students learn through readings, films, class discussions, and engagement with a local community organization.

Previous classes have partnered with Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, Faith in Action, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, and People Acting in Community Together. Projects have ranged from policy briefs to support for a social media campaign to the production of videos and website construction. 

Projects in Spring 2016 included a collaboration with Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto exploring case studies of communities facing displacement pressures; a project with Faith in Action to create a social media strategy and Facebook page to support a signature campaign for rent stabilization; and a qualitative study of Tenderloin residents' experiences of displacement in conjunction with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.

You can view their final presentations by opening these files: Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto - Group A, Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto - Group B, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, Faith in Action

Projects in Spring 2018 included the creation of Renters of Silicon Valley, a compilation of narratives about housing affordability and commuting by Stanford staff members, as well as videos created for the Mountain View Tenants Coalition (a CLSEPA client).

  • Mountain View Community Together (video
  • Measure V – Get Informed (video)

 

URBANST150: From Gold Rush to Google Bus: The History of San Francisco (Offered Spring, Alternate Years) 

Shaping San Francisco

This class partners with Shaping San Francisco, a not-for-profit participatory community history project whose mission is to document and archive overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco. Students in the class produce content for Shaping San Francisco’s website, FoundSF.org. As a final project for the class, each student writes an essay that is designed to work as an article on FoundSF; those projects that meet the website’s standards become published entries.  

A sample of the projects from 2017 that were published on the site are listed below: