Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.33
Liaison James Biesecker
Submission Date Nov. 1, 2022

STARS v2.2

Gettysburg College
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Jeff Rioux
Director
Center for Public Service
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Center for Public Service: Immersion Projects with a focus on Sustainabilty

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Immersion Projects are unique opportunities to travel and learn at Gettysburg College. These experiences are not for credit, occur over college breaks, include lots of preparation (learning), are student led, and are funded by participants paying their own way. Each Immersion Project, sponsored by the Center for Public Service, is focused on a particular social justice theme. There are typically 10-12 Immersion Projects each year, and at least one each year (in recent years) has a theme focused on sustainability. The latest one that was offered was in January 2020 (there have been no IPs during COVID) to Nepal on the theme of Food, Globalization and Sustainability. Being primarily an agricultural society, the majority of the population of Nepal derives food security from its land. Both globalization and climate change present challenges to the stability and sustainability of Nepal’s food system. This project focused on understanding current challenges and identifying organizations promoting community development, agricultural production and innovative practices in Nepal. This Immersion Project will be offered again for January 2023.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This credit is different than AC5 as the IN-48 is not required for the students and AC-5 immersion is required.

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