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About the Center for Community Service-Learning

What is Service-Learning?

At the University of San Diego, it’s the boundless cycle of creating partnerships with the larger community, applying what you learn in the process, witnessing the ripple effect of hope and inspiring others to continue the calling.

The work done by USD’s Center for Community Service-Learning embraces Catholic morals and traditions and reflects the university’s mission to serve with compassion, foster peace, work for justice, and prepare leaders who are dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

Service-learning is woven throughout USD’s curriculum. More than 500 USD classes have included a service component.

The Center for Community Service-Learning has received recognition as one of the top service-learning programs in the nation.

It’s earned this recognition by demonstrating a significant track record of integrating community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.

With your help, the center can enhance the depth of its programs, broaden its outreach and transform more lives.

How the Students Learn Through Service

Students and faculty learn by doing — by rolling up their sleeves and jumping in where they’re needed most.

They work closely with organizations throughout the region — in schools, community centers, homeless shelters and soup kitchens — to help provide the solutions people need most.

They partner with others to offer microfinance loans — for as small as $250 — to support families and launch new ventures. Over the past decade, microfinance has become an important strategy in global development.

They pave the way for young students who didn’t think they’d ever go to college to earn university degrees.

They pack their bags and travel over the border, across the country and around the world to places such as New Orleans, Mexico and Jamaica.

To learn more about the Center for Community Service-Learning and the partnerships it is forming with communities around the world, please visit the Community Service-Learning site by clicking here.

By the Numbers

More than 500 USD courses have included a service component
More than 6,600 USD students participate in service-learning projects annually
USD students dedicate nearly 400,000 hours of community service each year