Service Learning

Service Learning at a Glance

Service Learning and the Lewis University Mission

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.

The Mission of the Office of Service Learning

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.

The Vision of the Office of Service Learning

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.

What is Service Learning?

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

Service Learning Outcomes

Through Service Learning courses, projects or programs, students will:

  • Identify service and civic responsibility as personal and professional priorities
  • Deepen learning of academic course content in an engaged, practical setting
  • Have confidence that s/he can be an agent of change
  • Be effective, collaborative leaders
  • Be a self-reflective person in order to gain an understanding of local and global communities

Service Learning Disciplines

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

COB: Marketing