Service Learning

Each year, as a part of the GPS program, student participate in engaging service learning projects. The apply the knowledge gained in their classes, through a project that benefits the community, the state, and the world.  Take a look at some of the projects past GPS classes have completed.

Love & Lust in America:

“Let’s Sexplain” - The Love & Lust in America class project focused on advocating for and educating the public and our legislators about the need for medically accurate information in our sex-education system. In class, students learned about the rates of teen pregnancy, inaccurate info about birth control, and high rates of abusive relationships facing young adults in Wisconsin today. They concluded that one important way to improve these outcomes would be to provide better quality sex education in public schools. So the class created a petition and social awareness campaign whose goal was to raise the bar on the quality of information provided in sex education classes in Wisconsin. They advocated to revise language in the current state law to strengthen the definition of the term “medically accurate” to include (a) information that is supported by the weight of research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods and (b) the information is recognized as accurate by relevant leading professional organizations or agencies, such as the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, or the American Academy of Pediatrics. In April, our students went to Madison and spoke with legislators and staff about the critical need for accurate sex education. Our students also created an organization at UWGB on Sexual Wellness and Advocacy, which will allow them to continue their advocacy on behalf of sexual health for young adults.


LGBT Lives:

Students in Exploring LGBT Lives and Identities fought for equality for LGBT 

Wisconsinites. Specifically, students worked toward increasing awareness and passage of Assembly Billy 816. Assembly Bill 816 would have changed the language of "husband" and "wife" to "spouse" and "spouse" across all laws and statutes (e.g. parenting, inheritance, etc.) in the state of Wisconsin. Over the course of the semester students organized fundraising opportunities, a letter writing campaign, and a social media campaign. They also sought out political science experts familiar with how bills are created and what it takes to have a Bill become a law. The experience culminated with students meeting with 12 elected officials at the Capital in Madison to talk about the Bill and what could be done to help increase awareness and ensure passage. 


Wild: Nature & Modern Culture:

"Wild: Nature and Modern Culture" focused on the relationship between modern people and the rest of the natural world. Part of what we did was recognize various problems that we face today because of this relationship: we have done harm to the natural world. But we also looked at a lot of different responses to these problems, focusing not on science and technology but rather on ideas, values, and cultures, from the perspective of various humanities disciplines. One of the problems that we identified was a lack of connection with nature and a lack of awareness of our dependence on nature. We decided that supporting gardening is a great way to help people reconnect with the natural world. Working outside, with dirt and plants, and on growing food, can help remind us about our connection with the earth and our dependence upon it to sustain our own lives. Gardening is also a way of interacting directly with the natural world of dirt and plants and water without the intervention of technology. With this in mind, we supported the 2016 Green Bay Garden Blitz. In addition to helping promote the event on campus and in the community, many GPS students participated in the event itself, helping build and fill dozens of garden beds around Green Bay.


The Work of Storytelling:

“The Work of Storytelling” class extended the work of Studs Terkel’s Working by pursuing oral histories in Green Bay. In particular, they focused on creating a web-presence that would share the story of “humans of UWGB” to shed light on the issues with mental health, substance abuse and other hidden struggles that students experience every day. Now a student organization, this group hopes to expand this storytelling project beyond the campus to share more hidden stories and connect people. Along with practical skills in web design, sound recording and editing, and collaboration, students used this project to explore questions of voice, inequality, suicide prevention and campus culture.


The Vikings:

The Viking Saga House Project - In the fall 2017, a life-size replica of an 11th-century Viking house will be donated and moved from Central Wisconsin to the UWGB campus, where the building will be a “living history” classroom for students and the community to learn firsthand about the past.  During the 2016/17 year, students in Professor Sherman’s Vikings class conceived of ways the house could be used on campus, working with community partners such as The National Railroad Museum and Fox Valley Kubb.  They also produced a high-quality promotional video that we will use to raise funds to move the house to Green Bay, which you can view here

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