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Service-Learning

photo of students participating in a service learning projectService-learning at Wright State University is a teaching and learning method that engages faculty, students, and community members in a partnership to:

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

Get Involved

During fall quarter many Learning Community students participate in short group service-learning projects with their classmates. The service projects often relate to WSU’s common text, the Learning Community curriculum, and/or a specific Learning Community theme.

The Common Text for 2013-14 is The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore.  Two kids with the same name, living in the same city.  One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader.  The other is serving a life sentence for felony murder.  Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.  Service-learning projects include support to youth at risk, involvement with social justice projects, and promotion of voter registration and voter awareness.  

The Common Text for 2012-13 was Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, about a young immigrant in America.  This smart girl, who lives a double life between school and sweatshop, realizes that her family's future is in her hands.  Students participated in service-learning projects related to education and support for new immigrants.

The Common Text for 2011-12 was Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.  Service-learning projects were focused on community-building and refugee issues.

UVC 1020

What is UVC 1020: Campus-Community Connections in the First Year?

UVC 1020 is an elective open to any first year student.  Want to make a difference in our community, explore career opportunities through hands-on experience, and get credit for it?  Each section has a specific focus, is 1 credit and is graded P/U.

UVC 1020 students:

  • Address social issues impacting our community
  • Complete 4-5 weeks of service - generally 1 ½ to 2 hours a week
  • Gain a better understanding of agencies providing services in our community

Past UVC 1020 Offerings:

  • Women in Nature: Leadership, Perseverance, and the Grand Canyon, service-learning class with 2013 spring break trip to the Grand Canyon
  • Veteran Students & Service (2012)
  • Rebuilding New Orleans, service-learning class with 2012 spring break trip to New Orleans
  • Raiders to the Rescue (2011)
  • Campus Food Bank (2010)
  • Helping Hand for Health (2009)
  • Sustainable Attitudes: Recycling and Conservation (2009)
  • Service-Learning in Dayton’s Hispanic Community (2008)

For more information about service-learning for first-year students, contact Catherine Queener, Director, First Year Experience catherine.queener@wright.edu or (937) 775-5759.