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Kathryn Cilano

Associate Director

Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
Student Affairs
Adjunct Faculty

585-475-7243
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Kathryn Cilano

Associate Director

Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
Student Affairs
Adjunct Faculty

585-475-7243

Currently Teaching

SOIS-300
3 Credits
The traditional model for alternative spring break trips and community service in general tends to focus on what needs to be “fixed” or what is “broken” within a community; what is missing rather than what exists. Seeing the limitations in this traditional type of service John Kretzmann and John McKnight developed Asset-Based Community Development. Last revised 3/25/16 2 This model changes the way we view the communities we serve. Rather than focusing on the needs and deficiencies of a neighborhood, the ABCD approach allows us to look deeper into a community’s assets. In this project driven and experiential learning course, students will challenge traditional service models, learning how to creatively and effectively work with communities to construct relationships that result in sustainable change. Students will bring these practices to life as they work alongside local and global communities on their Alternative Spring Break trips, through Capacity Inventories and Appreciative-Inquiry. Leaving students with an understanding of their own assets and how they can continue to be agents of change in the future.