Celts Students Adapt Programs to Pandemic Conditions
Adaptability serves as a perennial guideword for the community-engaged work of students in the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS). Adjusting plans and programs to the realities of day-to-day life is part of working in community, and students’ skills of adaptability have been well-utilized during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the innovations developed during the pandemic will inform the work of CELTS into the future, offering expanded ways of serving with the community. For example, the Berea Tutoring Program developed an option for remote video tutoring, which will continue to be offered alongside traditional in-person tutoring options.
“We have developed new skills and practices during the pandemic that will strengthen the work of CELTS into the future,” said CELTS Associate Director Sarah Rohrer.
Students’ outreach and community-engaged work through CELTS has looked different during the pandemic, but it has never stopped. In the most recent academic year, CELTS students welcomed increased opportunities for in-person programming as pandemic circumstances allowed.
“Our services have been very different compared to what [they] used to be, but our purpose is still the same,” reflected Bonner Scholar and Berea Buddies team member Wilmer ’23. “I know that when things get better, we will be able to go back to seeing those connections and relationships flourish in the CELTS space.”
Looking forward, Rohrer said, “While we’ve been grateful to strengthen our adaptability muscles during the pandemic, we are also heartily looking forward to a new normal. We look forward to once again hosting hundreds of Berea College student volunteers each semester, with a variety of opportunities to be engaged in the Berea community through more than 40 hours of programming a week, serving populations from kindergarten to senior citizens.”
Enjoy a glimpse into a few of the service and community-engagement programs offered by students through CELTS this year.