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What is Service-Learning & Civic Engagement?

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Academic service-learning is a specially designed model of experiential-learning in which students engage in meaningful activities that address a community-identified social issue, problem, or need. It is a structured learning experience that combines community service with explicit learning objectives, preparation, and reflection. Students involved in service-learning are expected not only to provide direct community service but also to learn about the context in which the service is provided, the connection between the service and their academic coursework, and their roles as citizens (Connors, Henry, & Seifer, 2000, Jacoby, et al., 1996).

Service-Learning at the University of Nevada, Reno is a course or competency-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students:

1.    participate in mutually identified service activities that benefit the community
2.    reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility (Bringle and Clayton, 2012, adapted from Bringle and Hatcher, 1995).

Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement at the University of Nevada, Reno involves working to enhance and promote the quality of life in our local and global community. "Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivations to make that difference.  It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes." (Ehrlich, 2000).

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