Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

About the Center

photo of students, faculty and staff at community pride dayWelcome to Wright State’s website for the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement! Service-Learning is a type of teaching and learning method that engages faculty, students and community members in partnership to:

  • Achieve academic learning objectives
  • Meet community needs
  • Promote civic responsibility


The mission of the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement is to prepare students for active participation in our democratic society, helping them to:

  • Develop knowledge and skills for effective citizenship;
  • Understand the resources and needs of their local, national, and/or international communities; and
  • Engage with those communitities to enact positive change.


The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement will be a catalyst for developing partnerships that have a mutually transformative impact on students, faculty, staff and the communites they serve through service-learning.

Wright State University students enrolled in a service-learning course will engage in meaningful community service, paired with instruction and reflection, to enhance the learning process.

“Wright State’s Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement is a great collaboration with students, faculty and staff, working together to make sure that the University’s resources do not stay caged up on campus but are accessible to the community for addressing community needs.”

-Cathy Sayer, Founding Director of Service-Learning (2007-2014)

“Service-learning enhances and deepens student experiences in a wide variety of courses across disciplines—from the English Department to the Boonshoft School of Medicine--at Wright State University. Wright State University offers about 50 service-learning or community-based courses each year. Through these courses, students connect theory to practice while addressing human and environmental needs in the region. Service-learning assignments call for independent learning, collaboration, accountability, critical thinking and reflection. At the same time, service-learning is challenging, satisfying, and often fun. It may help you choose a career or to learn ways that you can contribute to your community in the future. Look for courses marked SRV or SRVI in Wings Express sign up for the Engaged Citizenship Certificate or the Youth and Community Engagement minor, and learn about the Service-Learning Internship or learning experiences in the community. Please contact us to learn about opportunities and about community partners.”

-Marjorie McLellan, Interim Director of Service-Learning