This fall, our intergenerational community co-learners (K-12 student participants, undergraduate facilitators, graduate student coordinators, faculty project leaders, and partnering educators) worked across in-person and virtual contexts to connect and learn with one another while carefully adhering to safety guidelines for preventing viral spread. It has been a challenging but rewarding first term of in-person programming for our community youth who have experienced so much since March 2020. Students and educators across K-20 contexts are making up for the remote isolation that so many of us experienced.
CBL “college buddies” worked and learned alongside their young co-learners at the Goleta Boys and Girls Club, Harding Elementary School, the McEnroe Reading Family Services, and Santa Barbara Junior High School as they engaged in both hands-on exploration and various related literacy activities. As I visited group sites, I saw active engagement across all co-learners as they read, viewed, and explored with focused attention on key concepts and issues like the importance of our kelp forests in the Channel Islands. Overall, it was a very successful start towards coming back together, giving me hope that a bright light awaits us at the end of this pandemic tunnel.
Within this issue, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about CBL projects and programs that took place this fall as well as the various ways we engaged in community efforts to support the basic needs of students and families facing our local housing crisis. You will also learn about our efforts to engage in a Native American Heritage Retrospective, one that honors the truth about the past and is contextualized within the language of love and understanding. Our team has also offered ideas for holiday activities to do with family and friends over the coming break, and our undergraduate students, who represent various cultures, share some of their own holiday traditions. I hope you enjoy this issue and I wish you a wonderful holiday season! -Dr. D