Willamette Academy Service Learning Course (IDS 215)

  • 0.5 credit course offered every semester beginning Fall 2013
  • Counts towards American Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, and Sociology majors/minors
  • Class meets once a week, 90-minutes each week
  • Volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per week for the semester
  • Serve as a role model, support mission of Willamette Academy


Course Description
This service learning course introduces students to issues of educational access and equity in the Salem-Keizer community. Students volunteer at Willamette Academy (WA) and, in turn, learn from and with the WA students, families, and staff. Tutoring will be on-site, covering basic academic subjects such as reading, math, science, and social studies. Mentoring involves hosting WA students on the Willamette campus for academic and social events. Additional volunteer opportunities will be available, subject to instructor’s consent, based on volunteers’ strengths and interests, and WA needs. Weekly class sessions, in general, will have two components: students will debrief their service experiences and study substantive topics dealing with educational access and equity, with specific attention to issues that historically underrepresented students face in gaining access to higher education. This course can be taken up to two times for a total of one course credit.

For more information, please see the course overview.