You may be wondering why service-learning is an important component to your overall education. Here are some answers to your questions:
- You have the opportunity to participate alongside your professor, peers, and community members in learning academic course curriculum as well as providing meaningful service to your community.
- Service-learning can assist you in accomplishing the course's learning objectives.
- Service-learning has been known to help students gain a sense of civic responsibility, to critically engage in the local community, to become interested in pursuing social justice, and even consider that he/she has the ability to make a difference in the lives of others.
- Service-learning provides an invaluable component to your educational experience, giving you practical application to the academic theory you study in class. In essence, dedication to your service-learning opportunity can enhance your understanding of course material by bringing it to life!
Service-Learning is not Community Service!
Nor is it volunteer work. It is much, much more. A successful service-learning experience, however, depends on good communication between the faculty member, community partner, and student. We are here to help you, your professor, and community partner connect, communicate, and collaborate.
Contact the Office of Community Service Learning anytime throughout your service-learning experience with questions or feedback.