Grantham WK4 University of Washington: Service Learning Opportunity Paper Case Study Scenario:
You have been hired by XYZ University as a consultant. They want you to evaluate an organization to see if a service learning opportunity would benefit future students and the community. Your initial recommendation is week 5 and will be based on the research you collect in your first four assignments.
WEEK 4 ASSIGNMENT:
Last week you described cultural challenges, humanitarian considerations, and roadblocks faced within the organization.
Your task this week is to expand your research to the organization’s future vision, challenges, and improvements.
XYZ University has required you to find at least three peer-reviewed articles in the EBSCO library to support your research this week. EBSCO tutorial.
You will turn in a 2-3 pages paper following APA guidelines. Click here for the web version of the APA sample paper. Click here for a downloadable version of the APA sample paper.
Complete the following steps.
Step 1: Introduction – Provide a quick introduction to the organization you have chosen.Describe the organization’s focus and what they are doing to promote positive change.Reflecting on what you have learned in this course, how could students service learners contribute toward the organization’s mission?Provide at least one citation from a peer-reviewed article to support your claims in this section.Citation tutorial
Step 2: Future Vision – Describe the organization’s vision for the future as it relates to the social issue.Describe one or two specific actions the organization plans to take to achieve this vision.How could student service learners contribute to these goals?Provide at least one citation from a peer-reviewed article to support your claims in this section.
Step 3: Challenges – Describe some challenges (technological, economic, political, laws and regulations, community-based initiatives, educational, etc.) the organization might face in attempting to achieve the future vision.How might the organization overcome these challenges?How have similar organizations overcome or not overcome these challenges?Provide at least one citation from a peer-reviewed article to support your claims in this section.
Step 4: Improvements – Based on your research, describe improvements the organization could make to better serve the community and achieve the future goals.In what ways could a service learning opportunity at this organization help students and the community improve? Provide at least one citation from a peer-reviewed article to support your claims in this section.
Step 5: Conclusion – Provide a summary of the organization and the future vision they have toward impacting positive change for the issue you have chosen.Summarize how students service learners might contribute to the organization’s goals. Describe how students could personally improve by performing service learning at theorganization.Provide at least one citation from a peer-reviewed article to support your claims in this section.
References – On a separate reference page, list all the references you have cited in your paper to support your claims. Running head: CULTURAL CHALLENGES
Researching Cultural Challenges
Researching Cultural Challenges
Adidas is a global sports company which traces its roots from Germany. Adidas runs a
number of programs with a mission of using sports to change the lives of people. Corporate
giving, community involvement, and employee engagement are the pillars on which its programs
are based on. Adidas supports the work of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other
aid agencies worldwide who provide assistance to victims of disasters by donating products and
providing monetary support to them (Riiskjær, 2009). The company has signed partnership deals
with humanitarian aid agencies in a bid to reduce the challenges of supplying reliefs to affected
areas. Adidas has long-term projects such as Wir Zusammen, a commercial-driven integration
enterprise in Germany with a mission of helping refugees trace their place in the community
(Riiskjær, 2009). Various products and foodstuff have also been donated to many refugee camps
worldwide by Adidas while in partnership with aid agencies and NGOs. Some of the refugee
camps that have benefitted greatly include those in Syria and Turkey. Adidas empowers women
and is adamant about improving the lives of children by signing partnership deals with Save the
Children in 2008. Adidas also supports education by giving scholarships to children from poor
backgrounds as well as providing educational institutions with grants.
Refugees face various challenges in the society. Some of the challenges include lack of
basic necessities, education, and employment opportunities. Victims of disasters such as fire or
floods face the challenge of spending nights outside. Women in some parts of the world are still
discriminated and face challenges of acquiring education and employment at reputable
organizations. Bright children with poor background face the risk of dropping out of school.
Adidas organization engages in charity work as can be reflected from their provision of grants to
charitable giving organizations, educational institutions and non-profit entities (Riiskjær, 2009).
They donate reliefs to refugee camps and to victims of disasters as well as providing scholarships
to children from poor backgrounds. In order for the organization to engage more fully in
solidarity work, it needs to involve the community more by letting them come up with programs
that they feel need to be addressed (Theodori, 2017). Adidas can employ local workers in the
different regions that they have set base and encourage these employees to come up with
initiatives such as the construction of a school and health centers that the local community will
Some of the challenges XYZ students might face when engaging with the population
served by Adidas include the acquisition of contagious diseases when dealing with the sick
children, trauma after witnessing the adverse effects caused by disasters and time management.
Diverse beliefs of how policies should be formulated and how things should be done is the other
challenge (Theodori, 2017). The university can help students overcome these issues by training
the students on exercising safe measures when dealing with people who have contagious
diseases. Setting up a guidance and counseling desks where students are counseled so that they
are not traumatized by the outcome of disasters. The students should also be taught on how to
manage their time efficiently while on the volunteer work.
Discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, color, and race is one of the roadblocks
students of XYZ University might endure while on service learning at Adidas. Language barrier
is another issue that might be a liability while on service learning due to the diverse populations
served by the organization. (Stankiewicz, & Moczulska, 2012). A student of XYZ getting injured
while on service learning is another risk that should be addressed.
Generations’ cultural conflicts between the students who are considered baby boomers
and the old generation who are known as generation Y (Stankiewicz, & Moczulska, 2012). The
conflict can arise from how the two groups view issues and professionalism. Another cultural
conflict can arise from the education perspective between those whose vocational and on-the-job
training enabled their career development and those who equate academic credentials with
success (Stankiewicz, & Moczulska, 2012). Advertising conflict can arise when advertisements
to foreign culture are translated into another language without being carefully reviewed.
Encouraging the formation of affinity groups to help bridge cultural differences as well as
establishing healthy working relationships at the workplace is the resolution for solving
disagreements brought about by cultural conflicts. Having a good communication flow in the
company as well as having dedicated leadership will also solve those conflicts.
Riiskjær, S. (2009). Adidas’ image. Forum For Idræt, 2. http://dx.doi.org/10.7146/ffi.v2i0.31930
Stankiewicz, J., & Moczulska, M. (2012). Cultural conditioning of employees’
engagement. Management, 16(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.2478/v10286-012-0057-x
Theodori, G. (2017). Reexamining the associations among community attachment, communityoriented actions, and individual-level constraints to involvement. Community
Development, 49(1), 101-115. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15575330.2017.1391307
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