Barbara Beesley, IHM
Service Learning Coordinator/Campus Ministry Associate
Student Center Building SC 227
“Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities” (National Service Learning Clearinghouse).
Academic service learning or community engagement is an excellent strategy for:
Reflection upon the academic and service experiences is a vital component of service learning, distinguishing it from other forms of service, internships, practicums, volunteer service days, etc. Reflections are offered in various ways within the classroom and outside it.
Campus Ministry sponsors interdisciplinary reflections at the end of each semester, inviting undergraduate students from a wide array of studies to integrate their understandings of community engagement, leadership, and the college’s mission. This also offers students the opportunity for course evaluation and suggestions.