Service-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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 775-5759.