What is the Jefferson Public Citizens program (JPC)?

What is the Jefferson Public Citizens program (JPC)?


[ Background Conversation ]>>What is the Jefferson
Public Citizens program?>>JPC is a program that combines academic
research and public service. So we have to answer a
defined research question. We also have to make sure that whatever we’re doing
constitutes some kind of service to the community and in
which we are working.>>It’s a wonderful opportunity
to combine what you’re learning in the classroom with –>>Community engagement. Yeah in the larger
community of — and it’s great because you can
engage a community anywhere from like Charlottesville
all the way to like somewhere in Africa or Europe
or South America. [ Birds Chirping]>>One of my projects
was in South Africa so an international
project on water filtration and community engagement with community feedback,
things like that. Another project I was fortunate
to be on was right here in Charlottesville working
with a local community partner, Habitat for Humanity, and
working on storm water issues. I’ve also been fortunate to
advise a couple of projects as a graduate student mentor. And they’ve also worked abroad
in Nicaragua and in here also with community partners
in Charlottesville and even Madison House.>>[Inaudible] said
it’s like really great because you can take
kind of maybe something that you’re interested
in the classroom and maybe it’s not part
of your major or something but it’s something you want
to pursue a little bit deeper and you can kind of do
that with this program in such like an in-depth way.>>And because you can tailor
like that you can pick something that you’re really passionate
about which makes the work done in JPC a lot of times superior to maybe other service
organizations you can join because it’s something that
you feel really strongly about and you’re working with
a community partner that feels equally
as strongly about it. A faculty advisor who’s well
versed in it and it just makes for a really excellent
environment to do great service. [ Traffic Sounds]>>I would say the
best part to me, really the most exciting
part was after we had done about a week and a half of
data collection and analysis, at the end of that second week,
we got to present our findings to the board of this
hospital that was a part of the Inner Mongolia
Medical College. That whole experience of sitting
across the table from this board with our translators speaking
for us and just talking. Talking about all of our
findings and really talking about the importance of
all this data collection that we had done
and made sense of. And there’s that moment when we
were all, you know, on camera, being recorded, kind of
transmitting these ideas to this culture on the
other side of the world, that was an experience
I’ll never forget. [ Silence ]

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