Service-Learning would not be possible without the meaningful experiences that students have with community partners. Our partners are seen as co-educators in this model, and the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (OSLCE) aims to help address community-identified needs through UNR curricular and co-curricular Service-Learning programs.
Service-Learning is a specially designed model of experiential-learning which combines service at a community organization with intentional learning outcomes through critical, reflective thinking. Equal emphasis is placed on the service and the learning through a cycle of knowledge, action and reflection that has lasting benefits for both the student and the partner. For more details on this model, view 'components of service-learning'. Visit the Service-Learning Components page to hear more about SL.
The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (OSLCE) works with faculty, community partners and other campus groups to develop mutually beneficial curricular and co-curricular service-learning opportunities for University of Nevada, Reno students. Students are provided with options to complete a placement with one of our community partners, addressing the community-identified needs of the organization. Student placement hours range from 10 to 40 hours a semester to a one-day project with multiple students on site. Student service hours can contribute to regular programming or, depending on the course/program, to a collaboratively designed project such as a case study, needs or policy assessment, research question, etc.
Community partners are organizations that addresses community-identified needs such as non-profit organizations, primary education institutions and governmental organizations. Community partners are seen as valuable teachers in student learning.
We will work with you to determine where your ongoing volunteer opportunities and one-day events can connect with service-learning student placement options and vice versa.
View a list of our 2013 Community Partners.
What we ask of the community partner is that you provide context to the project (ie: let the student know how their project impacts the organization) and that students are not taking away from someone's paid position.
A staff member from the OSLCE will come to your office to discuss potential connections between your programming and student placement options for both our curricular and co-curricular opportunities. We will take note of your programming and interest to take students such as the minimum and maximum number of students that you might need for different projects. We will list any training, security checks and waivers students might need to complete. We will follow up with you if any courses/programs are offered that fit your need, discuss the options/requirements with the students, and get back to you with a list of students that will be contacting you. If a student chooses their placements for the course or program through our office, we act as a liaison if any issues arise with their placement hours.
To book an appointment with the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement contact our Service-Learning Coordinator, Robin Bendig, at email@example.com .