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Service-Learning & Leadership in EM Co-leads

Elizabeth Dunn, Rebecca Morgenstern Brenner

Service-Learning & Leadership in EM SIG Background

The Service-Learning and Leadership in EM Special Interest Group (SLL SIG) focuses on exploring experiential education in emergency management course curriculum by fostering ideas, developing strategies, and conducting research that looks at how to combine classroom instruction with organized service to the community with an emphasis on civic engagement, reflection, and the application of learning. The purpose of incorporating service-learning in emergency management academic courses would allow students to provide a service that meets an identified community need pertaining to the field which enhances the students’ learning and development, allows them to reflect on their experiences, provides a forum for leadership development, and encourages civic responsibility. The SLL SIG focuses on academic preparation for faculty in the discipline of emergency management to be able to incorporate opportunities for students to bridge the gap between academia and practice with fostering an environment for service-learning and leadership.

Year-in-Review: Projects, Activities, and Achievements

Monthly Meetings: First Thursday of the Month, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. via Zoom. Contact Rebecca Brenner at to be added to the monthly calendar invitation.

Webinar & Presentations:

  1. Dunn, E., Brenner, R.M., Eiseman, D., Patel, S., Carey, T., Esteves, T., Velotti, L., Schultz, J., & Louis, A. (8 June 2021). Conversations that Matter: Service-Learning and Curriculum Design to Support Community Collaboration. 23rd Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Virtual Symposium.
  2. Brenner, R.M. & Dunn, E. (4 May 2020). CIPA Policy Discussion: Mitigation Strategies and Adaptation to Disasters: Focus on SARS-COVID-19. Cornell Institute for Public Affairs.
  3. Dunn, E. (25 June 2019). Service-Learning and Leadership. Emergency Management/Homeland Security Higher Education Regional Academic Collaborative Region IV Kickoff Meeting.
  4. Dunn, E., Brenner, R.M., & Walsh, W. (30 April 2019). Interdisciplinary Work in Emergency Management and Service-Learning Courses. FEMA National Training & Education System Higher Education Program.
  5. Brenner, R.M. (23 September 2020). What makes cities and communities vulnerable to climate related disasters? Global Crisis Management Conference. The Walt Disney Company.

Multi-disciplinary and Multi-institutional Research:

  1. Survey development, IRB approval, and data collection for research centered around policies and leadership in higher education institutions across the United States in response to COVID-19. (Morgenstern-Brenner, Dunn, Eiseman, 2020)
  2. Planned Collaboration with the Jobs and Internship SIG, and the Case Studies SIG

Service-Learning in Emergency Management Book Timeline: FIn 2019, the SLL SIG editors developed a list of criteria and topics for book chapters and began to identify potential publishers. In 2020, the editors put out a call for contributions, reviewed proposals, started the selection process for potential chapter authors, developed an outline, and met with selected authors to identify chapter topics. Abstracts and outlines for each chapter were then developed and the book proposal was sent to Springer and then Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group. In 2021, the book was placed under contract with Routledge and will be completed in August 2021. (Velotti, Brenner, & Dunn (Eds), 202.

SIG Co-Leads

Elizabeth Dunn
The University of South Florida

Rebecca Morgenstern Brenner, MPA
Cornell University

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