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The Collaborative @ WVU

The VISTA Collaborative at West Virginia University (WVU) is leading the way in developing higher education as a hub for the AmeriCorps VISTA program. In accordance with our land-grant mission, we are striving to develop targeted, unique collaborations that support innovative student learning, leverage resources within the university, and develop engagement programming to improve outcomes in the community and strengthen student success. Through collective impact, these collaborations will create a larger, more sustainable impact on poverty in West Virginia.  Additionally, the initiative aims to increase best practice community based learning that will promote high impact pedagogy and retention. The VISTA Collaborative is currently comprised of focus areas that address various initiatives within our community. The focus areas change with each new program and they represent the diversity in higher education.

“We are proud to have a program at WVU that supports civic engagement and the diverse impacts higher education can make on students and communities.  The AmeriCorps VISTA program also provides wonderful opportunities in career development and national service for graduating students. With increased promotion and visibility on campus, The Collaborative at WVU will actively support and recruit members to serve their country and institution!"                                          

      -Dr. Kristi Wood-Turner, CSL Director

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Available Positions:

Collaborative WVU Extension Service CRED 
The WVU Extension Service CRED unit is seeking a candidate to fill the Community Leadership Academy (CLA) VISTA coordinator position with The Collaborative at West Virginia University! This is a perfect opportunity for an individual to make connections in the community and gain valuable experience. Here you will learn about and interact with the organizations and community leaders dedicated to creating a better West Virginia. You will play a big part in developing the CLA, a leadership education academy that is attended by many community leaders throughout the state. 

Collaborative Honors VISTA 
The VISTA Honors Service Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Honors College, the ASPIRE Office, and the Pre-Health Professional Development Office at West Virginia University. In this capacity, he or she will engage WVU Honors College students, staff and faculty as well as others to expand and strengthen partnerships within the University; and between the Honors College, the local community, and the state. Moreover, the Coordinator will develop systems and processes for academic enrichment that build the capacity of the Honors College to provide meaningful service learning and civic engagement opportunities for its students while providing service to the state with a focus on lifting residents out of poverty. 

Collaborative Eberly College of Arts and Sciences 
This position will involve assisting in strategic planning related to faculty/student involvement in health and community development efforts, providing technical assistance to faculty on service-learning and engaged scholarship strategies, partnership development, event planning, grant writing, and evaluation. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop management and leadership skills while enhancing the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences efforts to carry out the land grant mission of service to West Virginia, the nation, and beyond. 

Is VISTA for you?

This VISTA project seeks to enhance effective partnerships between WVU’s Center for Service and Learning (CSL), faculty, and community organizations (with a special emphasis on the CNCS priority area of education) to improve the impact of working with local partners to best serve communities. The VISTA Collaborative will allow the CSL and WVU to provide our community with support, capacity building, innovation and connections that will increase human resource capacity of social service organizations and contribute to the alleviation of poverty. The mission of this VISTA program would be to assist in developing unique, targeted collaborations that will allow the agencies that serve low income persons to share resources and team up to make a larger, more sustainable impact on poverty in WV. By building collaborations (pods) the VISTA is also building a permanent bridge between agencies to WVU students

Program Details:

The AmeriCorps VISTA will focus on building connections between units and community agencies that serve our students. Each VISTA member will create an innovative partnership toward a focused goal of community building. 

If you are affiliated with a WVU unit interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA member, please contact Dr. Kristi Wood-Turner at kwood@wvu.edu

If you are interested in the AmeriCorps program and/or becoming a VISTA member, please contact Leah Cunningham at leah.cunningham@mail.wvu.edu

Please visit https://my.americorps.gov to learn about the benefits of a VISTA year, and apply today! 



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