The Office of Service Learning provides a central location for information about service learning opportunities at the University of Delaware. This includes providing support and advisement to faculty interested in enhancing and developing service learning courses, developing new opportunities for students, and serving as a liaison with community partners interested in exploring new service learning connections with the University of Delaware. The Academic Council on Service Learning adopted the following definition in Spring 2004:
Service-learning is a pedagogy that exposes students to the needs of the larger society, engages them in addressing those needs through community service, and connects what they learn in the classroom to real-world conditions. At its best, service-learning is a powerful teaching method that allows students to reflect upon why such conditions exist and what their democratic responsibilities are in addressing them.
(Adapted from the Center for Liberal Education and Civic Engagement)
First-year students: The Office of Service Learning and the School of Public Policy and Administration are partnering to offer the Community Engagement Living Learning Community (CELLC) in 2015-2016.
The CELLC is designed to provide a shared experience for first-year students from all majors who have a strong desire to "make a difference in the world" and want this commitment integrated into their academic and/or extra-curricular lives at UD.
Activities will include monthly faculty-led seminars, talks by community partners, direct service opportunities, and regular socials. These activities will give members the opportunity to identify issues, explore sustainable solutions to community problems and situations and explore public service career options. More information, including application deadlines, can be found on the Residence Life and Housing website.