Summary: Saskatchewanians are known for active volunteerism. The same is true of
University of Regina students. On February 22-25, 70 University of Regina students
will volunteer at over 20 Regina community-based, non-profit organizations.
The students will participate in a program called Arts CARES (Community Action in
Regina for Educational Service), facilitated through the Community Research Unit
(CRU) in the Faculty of Arts.
The program enables undergraduate students to build relationships with community
organizations, where they will participate in service-learning opportunities. It offers
students the opportunity to connect classroom theory to real-life experience and
develop critical thinking and leadership skills.
"As an instructor, I have a responsibility to help students apply and share their
knowledge in the community. This is an empowering experience both for the
student, but also for the University and for the community." said Tina Beaudry-
Mellor, political science and women's studies instructor who will oversee three classes
participating in Arts CARES.
"The relationship between the University, the students and the community is a
partnership that sets the groundwork for each of us to re-think what's important it
creates a conduit of knowledge which is mutually beneficial."
Arts CARES launched in 2009 with 25 student participants. In two years, the program
has nearly tripled in size. This can be attributed to the positive feedback received by