Getting Started with Service-Learning
When integrated into an academic course, community service can act as a pedagogical tool to allow students to develop a deeper understanding of course material. The service can take many forms such as volunteer work, research for local organizations, teaching opportunities, policy-related work, community organizing activities, as well as other forms of service activities. Students can work directly with community members through direct engagement activities or can work on campus in the service of the community.
Faculty who have an interest in service-learning can contact the Allbritton Director to discuss their ideas. Information about service-learning courses, including syllabi, from almost all disciplines are available at the Center for Community Partnerships. Faculty often work closely with the Directors of The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships to discuss potential community placements for their students.Service-Learning Initiative Grants (SLIGs) provide faculty with funds to develop their new service-learning courses.