Issue Workshops

Spring 2014:

THERE ARE THREE ISSUE WORKSHOPS RUNNING THIS SPRING!
Keeping Cozy: Sustainable and Affordable Housing in Buncombe County

A Place at the Table: Engaging with S.N.A.P. (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Hunger, and Community Action

Water: The Stuff of Life


About Issue Workshops:

These eight-week long workshops give Warren Wilson students a spectrum of experiences within one issue.  Through direct service and educational meetings, students gain a better understanding of how current policy affects community agencies and the populations they serve.  Time is set aside for students to meet with local experts, hear the stories of those directly involved, and reflect upon how their own perceptions of the issue over the course of the workshop.

Workshops enroll 6-10 students who participate as a group in direct service and advocacy and policy work to gain a better understanding of the issue. An attendance agreement is required. Participation in an Issue Workshop fulfills PEG 2 of the Community Engagement Commitment or counts as 25 hours towards the 100 hour service requirement.

 

Spring 2014 Workshop Descriptions

Keeping Cozy: Sustainable and Affordable Housing in Buncombe County:This issue workshop will focus on the parallels and intersections within sustainable and affordable housing. We will take a closer look at the socio-economic context behind the issue as well as the resources that support sustainable housing options in the Asheville area. We will work in collaboration with Community Action Opportunities with their program INSULATE for our direct service.
Educational meetings on Wednesdays from 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Service scheduled for March 8th, March 29th, April 5th, and April 12th


A Place at the Table: Engaging with S.N.A.P., Hunger, and Community Action:On November 1st of this year, the 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ended, resulting in a budget cut for every SNAP household. These cuts will increase hardship and food insecurity for SNAP participants who are already struggling and are dependent on hunger relief programs, as well as the food pantries that are experiencing higher demands. In this Issue Workshop, we will work closely with our community partners to understand the issues through a breadth and depth model. Through direct service and educational meetings, students will gain a better understanding of how current policy affects community agencies and the populations they serve.
Educational meetings on Tuesdays from 6-7 beginning 2/25
Service on Thursdays (2/27-4/17) 5:45pm-8:15pm, at MANNA Food Bank + One Saturday (March 1st or April 5th) from 10am-3pm at Loving Food Resources


Water: The Stuff of Life:Water is the key to all forms of life on Earth. Preserving, conserving, and understand complex water systems will help us come towards a healthier environment. Throughout this workshop, we will peer into the advocacy, policy, and direct service aspects of water and its connections to human health, water quality, wildlife, and the use of rain gardens within the Asheville community. Our direct service will involve work with Asheville Greenworks and Western North Carolina Alliance to exam problems within our local streams and rivers.
Educational meetings on Thursdays from 5:15pm-6:30pm
Service on April 6th and 13th (rain dates March 30th and April 20th). More to be announced



Check out this video about Issue Workshops!

Curious about the end product of an Issue Workshop? Check out this video and others that have been compiled by participants in years past.

Watch other Issue Workshop Videos here!