I am excited to share with you the latest issue of the Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research Volume 13 Issue 1. Despite the continued impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, undergraduate students have continued to excel in their community-engaged work. The first piece in this volume by Rajewski is a reflective essay describing the positive impact that small group exercise training had on low-income individuals with chronic diseases. The second piece is a reflective essay by Lu about creating a virtual hospital visitation program that provides lessons for other student leaders. Both of the reflective pieces described how COVID-19 impacted their volunteer programs but they were able to find creative solutions around those obstacles. Our final piece is a research article by Davalos which explores discrimination and experiences of educational equity at selective enrollment schools and offers solutions to the challenges that were found. These students have produced impressive work and I hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as we have.
Thank you to those students who submitted their work to the journal, their faculty mentors who supported them through the process, and the reviewers and editorial board of this journal. This volume would not be possible without everyone’s hard work. Special thanks to the journal’s editorial assistant Emily Crumpler who is moving on to a full time position after graduating with her MA in Sociology. She has been indispensable to the journal over the past two years and we appreciate all that she has done. We look forward to welcoming a new editorial assistant for our next issue.
Submissions for our Fall 2022 are being accepted now through August 31st. Undergraduate students, please submit your work. Faculty, please encourage your students to submit. The deadline for the Spring 2023 issue is January 31st for those of you who are planning ahead. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about submissions.
Julia Waity, editor, Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research