Classes

Mapping Arguments in Our Community

While we often think about words making an argument, spaces and places make arguments too. For example, neighborhoods make arguments about the values of the people that live there and public parks make arguments about how people should spend their time outdoors. For the last two years, students in my English 155: Cortina Composition were… Continue reading Mapping Arguments in Our Community

Justice

Business, Faith and the Common Good Symposium: A Reflection by Loriana Harkey, Part 2

The second presentation I attended at the Business, Faith and the Common Good Symposium was given by a representative from Grameen Bank. Grameen Bank in Omaha opened in 2009. Erika Arguello has a history of dealing with harsh experiences and overcoming obstacles, but she uses this to inspire and help others struggling with similar situations.… Continue reading Business, Faith and the Common Good Symposium: A Reflection by Loriana Harkey, Part 2

Community

Cortina Field Trips!

This weekend, the Cortina Community began a new tradition: Cortina Field Trips! Cortinians had the opportunity to explore different sites in the Omaha area. Formation Group Leaders led small groups of students to their favorite places around the community, from restaurants to parks to churches. Students had the chance to see parts of Omaha they… Continue reading Cortina Field Trips!

Community

The Start of a New Year

Welcome to our new and continuing members of the Cortina Community! After a busy start to the year full of new student orientation and the beginning of classes, we couldn't be more excited for the year to come. Our first community meeting of the year was the annual Community Partner Bash where students learned who… Continue reading The Start of a New Year

Classes

Mapping Public Arguments in Omaha

It was my honor to teach two sections of English 150: Rhetoric and Composition specifically for students in the Cortina Community this semester. Thanks to a course development grant from the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences, I collaborated with Annie Dimond, the director of Cortina, undergraduate student Gretchen Stulock, and graduate student Catherine Walsh… Continue reading Mapping Public Arguments in Omaha

Community Engagement

Omaha Gives: City Sprouts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ek2OEYIw2F4 The students in Cortina who work with our community partner City Sprouts made this video to promote the work that they do and to help raise money to grow the incredible work they do in our community. After 24 hours, 147 people made donations, totaling $10,880. Incredible. We love City Sprouts and we are… Continue reading Omaha Gives: City Sprouts

Miscellaneous

Tuesday Newsday [2.26.12]

SNOW EVERYWHERE!!! But, there is also other stuff going on! Grab a hot chocolate and let's get informed, shall we? National News 75 influential Republicans have signed a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing FOR gay marriage. This monumental action may actually have an influence on the Supreme Court's landmark decisions in the Supreme… Continue reading Tuesday Newsday [2.26.12]

Community Engagement

Community Development Resources

Here is a link to inCommon Community Development's website: http://www.incommoncd.org/ This is a great explanation of community development (and look at how others do community development): Scottish Community Development Centre: http://www.scdc.org.uk/who/what-is-community-development/ Community Development Exchange: http://www.cdx.org.uk/community-development/what-community-development Check out other organizations in Omaha doing community development: - NeighborWorks Omaha: http://www.ncdcomaha.org/ - Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation: http://www.midlandslatinocdc.org/ - The Empowerment… Continue reading Community Development Resources

Community Engagement

Monday Meditation: On The Listening Project

What I love about the listening project is that we are taking ownership in the beginning steps of effecting change in the community. We haven’t actually met anyone from the community that we are serving yet; everything that we are doing is behind the scenes. It is unlike any service that I have done before… Continue reading Monday Meditation: On The Listening Project

Justice

Advocacy Alerts

Network Support Immigration Reform with a Pathway to Citizenship! Immigration reform will only happen if US citizens ask for it. Please take a moment to send a message to your senators to tell them that you support immigration reform, and that you look forward to seeing legislation pass in the 113th Congress. Also, take a… Continue reading Advocacy Alerts