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New Director of Service Learning at Walsh University is Christy Walkuski

What's New, 2013-08-20

Christy Walkuski has been named as Walsh University’s Director of Service Learning. The mission of the Office of Service Learning is to facilitate mutually beneficial service opportunities between Walsh and the community which are integrated into class assignments. These hands-on learning projects foster student civic responsibility and support the Walsh University mission to educate students to become leaders in service to others through a values-based education. “I am excited to be a part of a community that truly lives and believes in its mission of service to others. I believe whole-heartedly in Higher Education’s mission to educate and empower students to lead and to serve, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to this important mission through my work at Walsh,” Walkuski said.

Walkuski has eight years of experience in civic engagement and higher education. Prior to joining the Walsh community, she worked with the Cleveland Leadership Center, a non-profit organization that develops civic leaders for Northeast Ohio. In that position Walkuski directed (i)Cleveland, a civic college-level education program. Walkuski served as the assistant director for the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at the University of South Florida (USF). While there she led the development of civic leadership curriculum and programming, as well as teaching service-learning courses in the leadership minor. Walkuski also led the development of the USF's International Service-Learning program that established partnerships in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.

Her passion for civic engagement and social justice led Walkuski to serve as the coordinator for service learning on two voyages with the international ‘Semester at Sea’ program. Walkuski returned to Northeast Ohio in 2010 to pursue her PhD in cultural foundations of education at Kent State University. Her research interests include civic identity, the emergence of the civic empowerment gap, and the civic mission of higher education. Walkuski graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College with a degree in English and education, and has a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University of Chicago. As a volunteer, Walkuski serves with the Cleveland Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking.

Examples of past Walsh University service learning projects have include interviewing Vietnam veterans and self-publishing an oral history of their service. The interviews were provided to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project for national preservation. Another project is the Canton area Family Health and Wellness Fair that has served 900 community members since 2008.