EPICS and Mines Advantage

 EPICS is a service learning course that emphasizes community engagement, professional development, teamwork, and communication.  Projects will require a commitment to sustainable design, and a significant portion of the projects will work together with the Native American community. So being part of an EPICS team will allow students to fulfill many of the goals of the Mines Advantage program. 

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Students may meet requirements of the Mines Advantage program by the following activities as part of an EPICS team

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  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Actively participate on a multidisciplinary EPICS project team
  • Serve as a team leader for an EPICS project team
  • Complete the EPICS Leadership Development course module series in Community Design Projects II

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  • Communication
  • Serve as the webmaster for an EPICS project team
  • Participate in an EPICS project review presentation
  • Present an EPICS project to a community partner


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  • Career Preparation
  • Serve as an EPICS teaching assistant
  • Present an EPICS skill session


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  • Personal Development
  • Complete the EPICS course module on ethics




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  • Community Involvement
  • Participate on an EPICS team for at least two semesters 
  • Serve as a community partner liaison for an EPICS team
  • Provide community service for the community partner (beyond what is required for the project)
  • Complete a needs assessment for a community partner as part of an EPICS team

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  • Cultural and Global Diversity
  • Participate on an EPICS team partnering with the Native American community 
  • Complete the EPICS course module on cultural competency in Community Design Projects 1
  • Visit with and present to a community partner on the Pine Ridge reservation
  • Complete the EPICS Cultural Competency course module series in Community Design Projects II