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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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Community Service Learning

The Office of Community Service Learning (CSL) at Willamette University, which includes the Community Outreach Program (COP) and the Service-Learning Program, has consistently provided more than 12,000 volunteer hours to the community each year, with more than a third of the undergraduate students participating in service activities. The CSL Office seeks to develop curricular and co-curricular service opportunities with a wide variety of projects and people, involving many different skills from faculty, students and the community.

Co-curricular service activities sponsored by the Community Outreach Program operate on the premise that university-community collaboration is mutually beneficial and is consistent with Willamette's motto -- "Not unto ourselves alone are we born." For example, the COP assists student leaders in the organization of one-time volunteer projects and other co-curricular volunteer activities. The COP also sponsors campus-wide events to raise awareness of social issues in our local and global community.

Academic service-learning is initiated by faculty who integrate service as a pedagogical tool into course curricula. The collaboration of those involved in service-learning: faculty, students and community partners, creates an effective forum for learning by connecting classroom theory to real life experience.

The overall goal of the Office of Community Service Learning is to encourage a sense of civic responsibility among students, faculty and staff through critical engagement and participation in one's community.