Laura Eppinger, Ripon, Wisconsin


Organization(s): Ripon College Community Engagement
Position(s): Service-Learning Coordinator; AmeriCorps*VISTA
Work Setting: Higher Education
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    Interest Groups
    After-School Programs, Alternative Schools, Career/ Vocational Education, Children and Youth Literature, Civics-Based Service-Learning, Community-Based Organizations, Dropout Prevention, Environment/ Sustainability, Interfaith Service-Learning, Intergenerational Service-Learning, Leadership Development, Literacy, Peer Helping, Research, Rural Service-Learning, Small Schools, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Justice, Sustaining the Service Leader, University/ Colleges

    Where I Work
    Rural

    Who I Work With
    K-8, Middle and High School, K-12, Higher Education, AmeriCorps, Community-Based Organizations, Faith-Based Organizations

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    Short Description of My Current Work
    The Office of Community Engagement at Ripon College connects students to local non-profits through direct service, service-learning and internships. As a VISTA at this site I facilitate service-learning partnerships, plan skill-building trainings and reflections for volunteers, and aid community partners with event planning and volunteer management.

    Professional History
    In fall 2006, during the first semester of my junior year, I participated in Marquette University’s Cape Town Service-Learning Study Abroad Program. My service-learning site was a children’s home for those orphaned by AIDS or tuberculosis, which was located in a township outside of Cape Town proper.

    Professional Expertise/ Passions
    Literacy, mentoring, cross-age tutoring, rural poverty, ESL, ELL, cultural literacy, nutrition, food ethics, local food, food miles, community garden, CSA shares

    What I'm Most Excited About in My Current Work
    I like understanding the academic content of service-learning classes and matching it up to service opportunities. Ripon College offers some fascinating classes, and seeing real world connections to the course goals is very exciting!


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