UNLV offers a range of civic engagement opportunities as part of the learning experience. Service-learning a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities for reflection designed to achieve desired learning outcomes (Jacoby, Service-Learning in Higher Education, 1996). Service-learning is tied to academic course content and helps fulfill a community organization need.
When service-learning is implemented correctly into course curriculum, the community experience becomes a “text” or source of knowledge for the class and is as important as other required textbooks. Students can serve at a nonprofit for a few hours, but there are also opportunities to develop more sustained projects or relationships with local community agencies. Our office works to support service-learning on campus by working with both faculty and students engaged in this practice. Please contact our office for more information or to set up a consultation meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Community service and volunteerism are also important parts of our campus experience and commitment, but look slightly different than academic service-learning, as they happen outside of the classroom. UNLV has several co-curricular (out-of-the-classroom) service opportunities: our sponsored student organization, UNLVolunteers, hosts myriad service events including Service Day, DASH, DASH Dinner Discussions, and more; Alternative Break Trips lead regional service and social justice trips. There are additional service-focused service organizations that students can find on the Involvement Center.