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Nonprofits needed for student software projects

Deadline: July 23

We are looking for nonprofit organizations to participate in the Service Learning Practicum during the 2014-2015 school year. Students will work on a software project in the same manner as a professional development company. Project groups will consist of 6-8
students in their fourth year, with myself overseeing all the projects. Some examples of possible software systems include: personnel management, volunteer-nonprofit communications, asset tracking, scheduling system, website login portals, etc. You must be willing to dedicate some time to the development of this system. Typically, this means a regular bi-weekly meeting with the students, as well as providing feedback and describing requirements. We do not expect you to have any computing or software engineering knowledge ...

Community Food Systems: Food Policies

Using food heritage as a lens, students in the Urban and Environmental Planning Department's Community Food Systems' class, taught by Tanya Denckla Cobb, explored the importance of identity and place as a tool for community planning for sustainability and resilience. Students worked individually to explore topics related to edible yards, urban livestock, farm-to-school programs, gleaning, composting, and more. Each student spent many hours interviewing local food leaders and residents to solicit feedback and ensure that policies truly reflected the wishes of the community. Although many of the videos focus on Charlottesville specifically, we feel that the case studies explored and the resulting policies would benefit many of the communities in our region. We hope that our collection of short films and writings will inspire the adoption of sustainable local food policies in our community.


Featured Center

Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services

The Sheila C. Johnson Center, located on the ground floor of Bavaro Hall, provides integrated multidisciplinary clinical services for individuals of all ages. The Center incorporates the expertise of licensed professionals with a diverse graduate training program spanning a broad range of clinical specialties.