The Mission of Lewis University encouraged the concept of Service Learning. “Lewis promotes the development of the complete person through the pursuit of wisdom and justice. Fundamental to its mission is a spirit of association which fosters community in all teaching, learning and service.”
Service Learning promotes the Lewis Mission: Service Learning compels our students to explore academic objectives (knowledge), learn life lessons from their experiences with the communities they serve (wisdom), and express their faith through service (fidelity). Service learning also promotes a community of caring among our students who work as a team on their projects and among the faculty and staff who facilitate their projects (association). Together faculty staff and students through service learning work to promote justice.
Service Learning at Lewis University supports collaboration among Lewis colleges, student services, faculty, students and community agencies to provide opportunities for and assessment of transformative academic engagement within Service Learning courses and activities.
Service Learning, a recognized component of educational excellence, is part of the scholarly culture of Lewis University. Through the experience of service learning, students engage with the community through service, explore realities of justice and injustice, and reflect on their experiences in light of course objectives and resources. Service learning within local, national and global communities is transformative.
Service Learning at Lewis University is an experiential pedagogy in which faculty and community partners co-determine structured opportunities for students to meet academic learning outcomes and contribute to goals in the community. Service learning experiences are integrated with course materials, activities and directed reflection that enable students to practice social and civic responsibility while deepening disciplinary knowledge and skills.
Service Learning Team - April 2013
Through Service Learning courses, projects or programs, students will:
CAS: Art, Biology, Communications, Computer Science, Music, Organizational Leadership, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, and Theology
CONHP: Community Health
COE: Elementary Education, Special Education