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:
- enhancing the application of classroom learning in the community
- building stronger community partnerships
- strengthening civic engagement
- advancing community-based participatory and applied research
- fostering scholarship that unifies teaching, research and service
- advancing the mission of higher education locally, nationally and internationally
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.
- Make a Difference Day
- Servant Leadership Seminar
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Day (MLK Day of Service)
- Alternative Spring Break