Service-learning is a mutually beneficial endeavor in which course learning objectives are met by addressing community-identified needs--putting academics into practice. Projects require a minimum of 15 hours of service work outside the classroom, and provide students with opportunities to be a part of the solution to challenges identified by our community partners. Service-learning always includes critical reflection of the experience and empowers community members, students, and faculty to create change.
Interested in receiving a service-learning course designation? Please read the criteria.
Spring Staycation is a great way to spend your spring break and get involved. Staycation is a five-day program that provides opportunities for a small group of students to learn about social justice issues, such as mental illness and teen violence, and to do related service projects. Here are the logistics of the program:
- Staycation spans all five days of spring break. Each day covers one social justice topic, beginning with speakers, panelists, and interactive simulations in the morning. The afternoon expands morning topics into a related service projects during which students interact with community members.
- There’s no cost to participate, and free breakfast and lunch are provided every day (no lunch on Friday because the day ends at noon). This is an invaluable and transformative experience, and 10 out of 10 students who have participated recommend it to other students!