As a natural outgrowth of our commitment to social justice, we actively look for ways to incorporate service as a part of life and as an enriching component of academic coursework. Leadership is about making a difference and we often make that difference through service.
Service-Learning is the engagement of students in activities designed to address or meet a community need, where students learn how their service makes a difference in themselves and in the lives of the service recipients, and where learning is intentionally linked to academics.
Service-Learning is directly in line with the mission of the College, which is to “provide educational opportunities that develop students' capacity for critical thought and expression, life-long learning, acceptance of personal responsibility, and commitment to service and social justice”. Service-learning addresses each one of the elements of our College’s mission, most importantly the commitment to service and social justice.
Benefits of service-learning for students:
- Personal Growth: Increased self-esteem and confidence, increased personal responsibility, increased sense of personal efficacy
- Career Development: Active exploration of career interests, Understanding of the world of work, Specific job skills, Hiring advantage over others, Greater confidence in career choice
- Social Development: Increased interpersonal skill, increased tolerance/support for diversity, Engagement in other volunteer activities, Indication of future community participation
- Academic/Cognitive: Belief that service is a positive learning experience, Better grades, Persistence to graduation
(Adapted from USC “Service-Learning Handbook & faculty Resource Guide)
Benefits of service-learning for faculty members:
- Opportunity for scholarship, publication, and grant opportunities
- More active and eager classroom participation
- Opportunity to apply curriculum in various settings
- Add new insights and dimensions to course material
Provides networking opportunities
Benefits of service-learning for the community:
- Provides substantial human resources to meet education, human, safety, and environmental needs of local communities
- Allows the energy and enthusiasm of college students to contribute to meeting needs
- Fosters an ethic of service and civic participation in students who will be tomorrow’s volunteers and civic leaders
- Creates potential for additional partnerships and collaboration with the campus
- Students become more invested in the community