Action Commitment Updates In Brief provide a summary of a volunteer activity that was undertaken as a result of Finding the Center Conference 2011.
University of Idaho student David Prinz volunteered for the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) in Moscow and Habitat for Humanity in Coos Bay, OR. He completed stream clean-up with PCEI and worked for Habitat by manning an open house event for an available residence. Prinz noted that Kitara McClure’s training rang true when he was thanked by people from their backyards as he performed stream clean-up. Kitara taught that individuals will be inspired to act when they witness the positive actions of others. Prinz felt his work for PCEI affected those who witnessed his efforts, not just by providing a cleaner environment, but by providing a reminder of the role humans can play in that environment.
However, Prinz found Finding the Center training most useful in his end-of-year work with fellow University of Idaho RA staff. He used examples from Paul Wesselmann and Kitara McClure to help his staff reflect on the skills they had developed over the year in relationship-building, communication, mediation, and conflict resolution. He encouraged his staff to continue thinking of themselves as potential allies, advocates, and educators even after their RA positions ended.
David Prinz earned credit toward his degree at the University of Idaho by participating in Finding the Center Conference through a workshop offered by the UI Department of Sociology’s Certificate in Diversity & Stratification.