About us

The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (OSLCE) is the hub for service-learning and civic engagement at the University of Nevada, Reno and within the Reno community. We strive to co-create democratically engaged partnerships that meet the immediate and long-term needs of the community, students and faculty. 

OSLCE is an initiative under the Office of the Provost. We facilitate relationships between University faculty and community organizations for the purpose of providing structured experiences outside of the classroom that align with the curricular learning taking place inside the classroom. The integration of an academically rigorous model of learning and meaningful service with the community assists the student in achieving learning outcomes that help encourage civic responsibility.

Please feel free to contact our office any time with your service-learning or civic engagement questions at  (775) 784-4897 or at oslce@unr.edu.


Our mission is to facilitate meaningful community-based learning experiences that engage students and faculty with the community through service-learning courses, civic engagement experiences, and community-based research. We connect and integrate the campus, classroom, and the community by building sustainable partnerships, assessing learning and tracking impact.


We strive to be a national leader in service-learning and civic engagement by providing the following:

  • Rigorous and reflective academic experiences
  • Cutting edge resources and support for faculty
  • Valuable engagement experiences that address community issues

What we do


  • Facilitate the University - Organization partnership process and manage legal forms
  • Match organizations with relevant courses to serve mutually identified needs
  • Celebrate and connect outstanding community partners


  • Register & track all community learning opportunities for academic credit
  • Match organizations with relevant courses to serve mutually identified needs
  • Provide resources, forms and support for faculty engaged in service-learning


  • Advocate for quality experiential learning opportunities on and off campus
  • Assess student impact and experience to improve all stakeholder benefits
  • Promote critical reflection and civic engagement as essential pieces of education


  • Improve faculty development, rewards and recognition, and assessment of service-learning