Capstone Project Phase 2

Capstone Project Phase 2

Capstone Phase 2: Apply your social change strategy to an issue

DEAL Reflection Assignment

This is an individual assignment. You will complete your own work.


The purpose of this individual assignment is…

·       to apply the social change strategy you’ve read about to an issue you care about.

·       to get you to think critically about what could be learned from a service-learning opportunity. 


As you know, due to the pandemic, the university is advising students to try to stay away from others and stay home as much as possible. This includes community service in many instances. Normally in G111, we would complete a service event in groups, but this semester, we will think about a possible service event we could do in the future. You will also need to think introspectively, meaning that you need to analyze yourself in order to determine how you would be successful in the community service.

1.    CHOOSE AN ISSUE: What is a social issue I care about? (e.g., homeless children, climate change, animal abuse, dirty water in your neighborhood, etc.). This can be a global issue or an issue specific to your community.

2.    THINK OF SERVICE YOU COULD DO: Using what you learned about your social change strategy (i.e., philanthropy, protest, or advocacy), think about completing a service project related to the issue you chose. For example, if your Capstone readings were on philanthropy, and you are concerned with homeless children, imagine how you could get involved philanthropically to aid in the homeless children problem. This is only hypothetical. Hypothetical situations are situations that have not happened but could happen. In your mind, you need imagine yourself in a service situation that has not happened before. You can search for real organizations that are involved in the issue you chose, or you can imagine a service event you could organize yourself/with friends.

·       IF you are NOT interested in the social change strategy I assigned you for Capstone, you may review the Social Change Wheel, learn about a different strategy you prefer, and apply your issue using that other social change strategy. Just BE CLEAR in your assignment which strategy you chose.

3.    IMAGINE THE EXPERIENCE: Apply your experience in this hypothetical service to the acronym DEAL: D = Describe, E = Examine, and AL = Articulate Learning. To do this, write a paragraph for each of the three sections (D, E, AL) in the form at the end of this assignment. Use the questions that are listed below with the letters as a beginning guide. You should think critically/deeply and explain beyond just the answers to these questions, however. There is an example below to review as well.

    Describe: You should include information that describes your day at the service event.

·       Where would you go for this service?

·       What would you do (how would you participate)?

·       Who would you be with (strangers, community leaders, family, etc)?

·       How much time you would spend at this service event? 


·       What would your strengths be in a service opportunity?

·       How would you use your strengths to help you be successful?

·       What would your weaknesses be in the service opportunity?

·       How would you prepare yourself to overcome or use your weakness to help be successful?

·       How would you prepare to overcome any challenges or obstacles (for example, childcare, transportation, etc.)

     Articulate Learning:

·       Why would it be important to participate in your chosen service project?

·       What knowledge and/or skills could you gain from this service experience?

·       How could you share your newly gained knowledge or skills to those around you?


4.      SUBMIT by Friday, December 4.

Criteria for Grading:

You can earn 20 points in the Capstone grade category if…

·       your paper includes three paragraphs (D, E, AL).

·       each paragraph is 5 or more sentences long.

·       your paragraphs thoroughly and clearly show deep/critical thinking as you Describe, Examine, and Articulate Learning.

·       all sentences are complete and follow basic grammar rules.


An example

Since I’m not in a Capstone group, I chose a part of the Social Change Wheel that is recently relevant in the US, but we didn’t read about in class: Voting and Formal Political Activities.

Issue: Maintaining American democracy

Social change strategy: Voting and Formal Political Activities


I am interested in a strong democracy in the US and protecting at-risk people from getting covid, so I will volunteer to work at a polling (voting) location in my community on election day. For this activity, I will need to work from 5am to 8pm. Polling locations are often at schools, churches, or community centers. I will work with 2-3 people from the opposing political party and 1-2 people from my political party. One person will oversee the location. I will help set up the check-in table and voting machines in the morning. I will learn how the machines work. After voters check in, I will take them to an open voting machine and explain to them how use it to vote. If people have questions, they can ask me. At the end of the day, I will help clean up the room, print out the votes from the machines, and deliver the votes to the county courthouse.


Before I go to the event, I would need to reach out to the organizers to find out what skills are needed and be sure I am qualified. I think my general acceptance of everyone, my ability to get along well with most people, and my professionalism will be helpful during this service event if there are any voters or workers at the event who are outspoken or angry. Some things I think may be challenging are trying to find someone to watch my children after school, worrying about the outcome of the election, and focusing my attention for such a long period of time. I am also worried that if some voters or workers want to argue about political points, I may become emotional because strong emotions often transform quickly to tears for me. I will prepare for this issue by reviewing ways to calm a situation (and myself). For example, redirecting the conversation to another topic or taking a deep breath and counting to 10 silently in my head before responding.

Articulate Learning:

By working at a polling location, I will learn more about the voting process. This knowledge will make me a more informed voter and citizen. Many people don’t realize how the votes all get collected, so I will learn and can educate others in my community. I also know I will work with people who have different opinions than me, so hopefully it will be a good experience and build respect and understanding. This is something that is decreasing in the US recently, I think, so this may be an opportunity to remind both political sides that we can work well together even with people we disagree with. Lastly, I will possibly meet and build a network with people who have similar goals for our community, and I can learn about opportunities to get involved in local organizations and further service events.




Social change strategy:








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