Students in Kristen Humphrey’s social work classes and Alicia Mason’s communication classes have unusual homework assignments each semester:

to positively impact the community.

In Humphrey’s classes, students start by identifying a “problem,” then propose a project to address some aspect of the problem or benefit a specific population, develop a budget, create a flyer, craft a media release, deliver an elevator pitch to anyone who will listen, and carry out the project.

Among other things, they conducted food and clothing drives for local agencies and shelters, and raised funds for area Humane Societies.

In Mason’s classes, they are to work in groups to apply their communications skills to promote positivity throughout the semester.

Last fall’s campaigns focused on education, advocacy, health awareness, and community outreach and included promoting awareness of first aid and CPR skills, ending negative labels, and encouraging neighbors to help neighbors.