The Draper Center for Community Partnerships works with Pomona College faculty to provide community engagement opportunities throughout Southern California. Whether as part of a Community Participation (CP) course integrating community work as part of the learning process, a community-based research project, or an extracurricular activity, the Draper Center is available to help Pomona College faculty every step of the way.

Gilda Ochoa (Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies) serves as the 2015-16 Faculty Coordinator for the Draper Center. In that capacity, she supports the creation and execution of Community Partnership courses. She coordinates an annual series of workshops to promote and guide the development of Community Partnership curricula, as well as the process for assigning classes the CP designation. Professor Ochoa also meets with partnering faculty and organizations, compiles and offers suggested readings and other resources to instructors, and provides support in negotiating the logistical demands of CP curricula.

For more information or to request advice feel free to email her.

Sample Faculty Workshops

“Community Partnership Courses: Getting Started”
What are community partnership courses? How do they impact student learning? How can community partnerships fit into my department's curriculum? How do I create a community partnership course? In this 50 minute discussion, the Faculty Coordinator at the Draper Center for Community Partnerships will provide an introductory overview to the pedagogical practice of integrating community involvement into an academic course. Designed with the newcomer in mind, this workshop will provide you an introduction into the curricular benefits of community partnership courses, as well as some of the tools necessary to get started developing your own course.

“Community Partnership Courses: What does it look like?”
You are interested in developing a community partnership course, but you're not sure how to get started. In this insightful one-hour discussion, the faculty coordinator of the Draper Center will provide you some samples of how faculty can integrate community partnership opportunities into their disciplinary-based courses, paying special attention to management of student service; relations with community partners; and assessment. Designed with the newcomer in mind, this workshop will help put the theory of community work into practice, and provide you with some of the tools you'll need to design your own course.