The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (OSLCE) is a new office on the UNR campus under the Office of the Provost. Our office is focused on enriching the overall academic and university experience for all students through meaningful community-based learning experiences.
The OSLCE will assist students, University and community partners to achieve mutually beneficial goals by providing service-learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in curricular and co-curricular activities. In addition we also offer service-learning workshops throughout the year.
Service-Learning is a specially designed model of experiential-learning in which students engage in meaningful activities that address community needs together with structured opportunities for reflection in order to achieve learning outcomes and teach civic responsibility. Equal emphasis is placed on both the service and the learning (service-learning). Reflection and reciprocity with the community are essential components of service-learning (Jacoby 1996).
Essential components of service-learning include: critical reflection, reciprocity collaboration and assessment and evaluation. Each of these components are discussed in more detail under "Components". Students gain skills and knowledge through
hands-on service, while also developing their academic skills, sense of civic responsibility, and commitment to the community. Service provides an opportunity for co-construction of knowledge, where the community partner is seen as a valuable teacher.
Service-learning is conducted with a community partner (i.e., non-profit organization, advocacy group, governmental organization, citizen committee, etc.) and the experience is designed to aid the partnering organization in addressing a community-identified social issue, problem, or need. Typically, service-learning experiences are not conducted with for-profit organizations, student/campus organizations, or other for-profit/for personal gain enterprises.
Learn about the components of service-learning
Civic Engagement is a broad concept and can imply many things; however, in the OSLCE civic engagement means working to make a difference in our communities. This means working to enhance and promote the quality of life in our local and global community through civic involvement activities. When a student is civically engaged he or she recognizes themselves as part of the larger geographic community, considers social issues to be a part of everyone's responsibility, and the student develops the civic skills, knowledge, and attitude that their participation will make a difference. When residents of a community are more civically engaged, the community is more stable, healthy and vibrant. One of the intended outcomes of service-learning is to foster the civic engagement of students and participants.
We strive to be a national leader in service-learning and civic engagement through rigorous and reflective academic experience for students, cutting edge resources and support for faculty, and valuable engagement with our community partners in addressing community issues.
We aim to serve as the central office for UNR students, faculty, staff and community partners regarding service-learning and civic engagement. We work to integrate the campus, classroom and community through meaningful and transformative learning partnerships.