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At VCU, service-learning is an intentional teaching strategy that engages students in organized service activities and guided reflection. It is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in organized service activities that meet community-identified needs.

Service-Learning

 

The impact of real-world service

Service-learning is a high-impact educational practice that helps communities achieve their goals, deepens students' professional identity development, and supports a vibrant democracy. Learn more.  

Students

Learn about community-engaged classes and how to get involved

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Faculty

Learn how service-learning can work for you

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Community partners

Learn how to work with service-learning faculty and students

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72% of undergraduate service-learning students graduate in five years or less.

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37% of undergraduate service-learning students are from underrepresented minority groups.

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“Service-learning has been one of the most significant parts of my college career.” - Tucker Smith, '20

4,000 VCU students take part in 250 service-learning classes across the disciplines. Learn more about the impact of service-learning.

Faculty resources

A variety of resources are available to help support high-quality service-learning courses, to deepen community partnerships and to facilitate scholarly engagement.

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Service-Learning Teaching Assistants

Faculty Fellows

Service-Learning Grants

Excellence in Service-Learning Awards

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Service-Learning Snapshot

Service-learning provides an ideal, civically engaged platform to prepare students for the demands of later coursework and their future careers. They put themselves in others' shoes, see their needs and understand their communities.

Matthew Vechinski 
Assistant professor, Focused Inquiry and 2019-2020 Service-Learning Faculty Fellow

Service-learning workshops

Service-learning workshops provide service-learning instructors with the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skill in teaching high-quality service-learning courses.

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Students: Find a class

  1. Visit the VCU schedule of classes.
  2. Choose the term and subject that interest you.
  3. Select “service-learning course” in the Attributes Type box. Click on "class search" at the bottom of the page.

Love service learning? Learn more about becoming a TA.

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