CSC 322.01, Class 02: Prepare for partner meetings
- Notes and news
- Upcoming work
- Extra credit
- Working with real human beings
- Susan Sanning will be speaking to you in today’s class.
- The class Web site still has some work to go.
- Our community clients will visit Thursday’s class. Be on time and be respectful.
- I will take attendance. Either the thing you are most looking forward to in the community or the thing that might be the biggest challenge.
- Get your résumé up to date. We’ll be using it in class next week.
Good things to do
- Community time today at 11:00 am in JRC 101.
- CS Table today in the Whale Room.
- CS Extras Thursday at 4:15 pm.
- Rosenfield Symposium next week.
- You will be working with folks in the community.
- Susan is an expert in these things, so will be talking to you.
- Question for you - Exciting / Scary?
- Lots of things are exciting, particularly working on a real project and having a chance to make a difference.
- Lots of things are also scary, including time commitment
- How many people live in Grinnell?
- What does Susan pay for Internet (leaving five miles outside of town)? About $400/month for 30 gigabytes of data. This is common in rural settings. In town, you can get DSL for a more affordable rate. But once you are out of the town, there’s less interest in providing service.
- Poverty rate is somewhere between 30% and 50%, depending on how you define poverty.
- 40% of students in our district are on free and reduced lunches (that probably under-counts).
- Drops in high-school because there is a stigma (and for other reasons).
- What is the unemployment rate in our community? About 2.8% percent?
- What does that mean about our demographics? People are underemployed
and/or making very low wages. Most people work multiple jobs.
- Sam won’t put particular examples in the eboard.
- Grinnell is a “food desert” - food may not be easily available outside of town. Access can be hard.
- No public transportation in Grinnell. No taxi. One Uber.
- What is a childcare desert look like? Also difficult to get people
to take care of your children. How many child care centers are open
a full workday?
- Workdays vary significantly: E.g., night shift.
- Only one is open for 9-5. And that has a waiting list.
- What infrastructure supports all of this? In a large, metro, area, there are options for support (e.g., for building software) when you are a nonprofit. You can ask a neighboring company or ask them for money or even rely on organizations designed to do this. While you are only working for only one organization, you are making a difference.
- If you want to know more about these issues and how to be involved
beyond this class, talk to Susan and/or her colleague Keira.
- We know that not everyone has the privilege to have time to volunteer without pay. Hence, we have workstudy service positions.
- [sannings] and [wilsonke]
- What are your preconceptions of the community?
- [Sam does not record these.]
- What does our community think about us?
- “Rich, pretentious, jerks” - Many of them think that all of you can pay the sticker price. They do not know the demographics or need-blind admissions or financial aid.
- What accompanies misperception of wealth: Arrogance, “You aren’t even looking at me.”,
- People will project onto them
- “Savior complex”
- “They don’t understand us.”
- The conversation is completely different when you are speaking as an Iowan rather than as a College student.
- Students often suggest that they don’t like our town.
- Do we understand community standards?
Why are we discussing this?
- To help us be more conscious of who we are and how we are percieved.
- Be intentional in how you behave and communicate.
- Try to overcome some of your own preconceptions.
- Do you need to wear a coat and tie? No.
- If you are meeting someone on a farm: Wear jeans, closed-toed shoes, etc. “I respect you enough to know what I should be wearing.”
- What would you wear to an animal shelter? (Maybe our current partner wouldn’t care about what you wear, but if it were somene else …?)
- How do you decide? Look at what they are wearing. What else? Google it! Check their Web site.
- What is the most professional mode of communication?
- Face to face?
- Facebook messenger?
- See what their Web site says.
- Whatever they prefer. Ask them.
- When can you text?
- Business hours, unless you’ve heard otherwise.
- Keep good boundaries.
- Ask them. Some won’t want to be texted during business hours.
- How often should you communicate?
- As often as they want.
- As often as you are makng decisions.
- Probably once per sprint.
- More fun things for the inititial meeting: How often should I communicate with you to make sure that you are in the loop?
- Acronyms and coded language?
- LOL, JRC, CLS, CS, DRY, “User Story”, NAA (Not At All), GitHub “Push”, “Pull”, “Deploy”, “Heroku”, …