It is with great pleasure that I share with you our most recent issue of the Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research Volume 10 Fall 2020. Student submissions demonstrate the important work that undergraduates are doing to build sustainable relationships with community organizations both locally and globally and include both research articles as well as reflective pieces. The papers in this issue represent a broad spectrum of community topics which I will highlight here. The first topic is related to health, especially focused on racial inequalities in the healthcare system related to treatment or access to care (Ojeaburu, Schonhard, Hays). The second topic is related to the educational system with the importance of community partners and how funding education impacts success (Daniels; Archer; de Souza and Watson). The last topic is re-entry programs and recidivism and what can impact the effectiveness of these programs (Baker; Tay, Lopez, Jia, and Yazib). As always, I am impressed by the great work that the students have done.
Some thanks are in order. Thank you to all of the students who submitted their work to our journal. Thanks also all the faculty who reviewed articles for our journal and served on the editorial board. Thank you to the University of North Carolina’s Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning for supporting this journal. A big thank you to our new editorial assistant Emily Crumpler who was indispensable. I know we are going through a challenging time, but we appreciate everyone who worked hard to get this issue published on schedule.
We hope you enjoy reading these articles. Undergraduate students, please consider submitting your work for a future issue of our journal, especially our upcoming issue related to disruption.
The call for that special issue can be seen here: https://ujslcbr.org/index.php/ujslcbr/announcement/view/11 and submissions are due by November 24th. Submissions for our next regular issue are due on January 15th, 2021.
Julia Waity, Editor, Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research