A model service-learning program, which has a very intentional connection to the community, provides students with the opportunity to be active learners, and strengthens university-community parternerships is the Chicano Park history project crafted by the Ethnic Studies Department. For more information, click here.
Service-learning provides graduate and undergraduate students at the University of San Diego an opportunity engage with the community through intentional partnerships that link the learning in the classroom to the wisdom of the community. The goal behind USD’s service-learning efforts is to help students become “active learners, bringing skills and information from community work and integrating them with the theory and curriculum of the classroom to produce new knowledge. At the same time, students’ classroom learning informs their service in the community.” (Mitchell, 2008).
"Service-learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development."