Information for Students
|Service Learning Courses||Trips + Immersion Programs||Leadership|
|Peace Corps Prep||Community Service||Campus Kitchen|
A service learning course involves service that meets a community need identified by a local organization, which could be a non-profit agency, educational institution, group of people, or for-profit agency when the primary purpose is providing a public service. The service will help bring classroom material and discussions to life by helping students connect and test course concepts to actual situations.
All students are required to take one service learning course while at Walsh. This experience should not only help the community and further students’ academic learning but also help students better understand the community, gain valuable work experience, explore career interests, and develop personally through reflection.
Service Learning courses are offered in every academic discipline. Service Learning courses change each semester, so students are encouraged to look for the “SL” designation in the course catalog prior to registration. Upcoming Service Learning courses can be found here.
- Service Learning Hour Log- Complete and submit to your professor or the Director of Service Learning before the end of the semester.
- Service Learning Contract and Waiver of Responsibility - All Service Learning students are required to submit this form. It must be completed using your official Walsh account.
Pictured Above: The Nursing 425 "Nursing with Families" service learning course puts on a health fair for a Canton city middle school.
The Office of Service Learning offers immersion programs, experiences, and trips for Walsh students. Whether to Canton, Cleveland, Cincinnati, across the country, or around the globe, these experiences are designed for students to witness how organizations and individuals are addressing issues and making positive change in their community and for students to learn how they can do the same in theirs.
“I have a better connection with my global community and I now see global issues with a new perspective as well as a way to see new solutions to those problems… There is only so much that you can learn from reading a book and having a discussion in class. Actually being able to experience the Ugandan culture and meeting the people, tasting the food, and learning the traditions of the people was not only memorable but life-changing.”
- Senior Biology major, GL350 course with the Ziika Women’s Microfinance Project
- Urban Semester: Study Away with the Cleveland Urban Semester program this Spring 2018! You'll have the opportunity to spend the semester in Cleveland, living in a small community of students, learning about urban studies (12-15 credits), and interning at a local non-profit. Email the Director of Service Learning for more details.
- Alternative Spring Break - Border Program: Spend your Spring Break learning and serving in the border communities of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico with Dr. Koop Berry's GFA Service Learning course, "The Border: U.S.-Mexican Integration and Separation". In this course, you will examine the complex relationship between these countries in class and on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. Students will spend Spring Break in Laredo, Texas and visit various social, governmental, and educational sites in the community of Laredo and across the border in Laredo Nuevo, Mexico. Students in this program will enroll in GFA 312 in the Spring of 2018. This course is designated as an H1/SL. The program fee is $999 (includes airfare, transportation, accommodation, and meals).
- Global Service Learning Programs: See Walsh’s Global Learning page for upcoming opportunities.
Pictured Above: Walsh's Sam Ash '17 on a Global Service Learning Program to learn about the Ziika Women's Microfinance Project in Uganda.
Workshops + Conferences
Interested in civic engagement and want to interact with other OH student leaders in discussions about issues in our state? Four students will be selected to attend and represent Walsh University. Transportation will be provided by the Office of Service Learning. Fall 2018 date and location TBA.
Social Justice Teach-In: February 10, 2018
Walsh Students are invited to attend Case Western's annual Social Justice Teach-In, designed to inspire students and community members to be active and engaged citizens, to increase their understanding of social justice issues, and to enhance their leadership skills in areas such as service, advocacy, and philanthropy. The event will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Check in for pre-registered guests will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center Atrium on CWRU's campus. If you are interested in attending, please email Abby Poeske at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 2, 2018.
Service Learning Coordinators
Service Learning Coordinators are undergraduates committed to being leaders in service and change-makers in their community during their time at Walsh and beyond.
The Service Learning Coordinator is a Federal Work Study position.
Service Learning Coordinator duties are to serve the community and advance the mission of the Office of Service Learning. Coordinators will spend about 15 hours/month at a partner nonprofit organization and 5 hours/month with the Office of Service Learning (*dependent on Federal Work Study awards). Duties with the Office of Service Learning may include:
- marketing: special event + social media
- providing support to service learning courses
- organizing regular service opportunities
- implementing ideas for positive change
The Coordinators will meet regularly as a group with the Director of Service Learning.
Through the Service Learning Coordinators program, students will:
- gain leadership and communication skills
- network with local non-profits
- build resumes for future employment
- be part of a passionate community with similar interests
Students who qualify for Federal Work Study can apply it to the Service Learning Coordinator position.
Visionaries, torchbearers, pacesetters, and all students interested in civic engagement, social justice, service, and the community should consider becoming a Service Learning Coordinator.
Interested and eligible students should email Abby Poeske at email@example.com.
Leaders in Social Justice
The Leaders in Social Justice is a four-year scholarship program is designed to foster change-makers in the community and leaders in service to others. It is a learning community of residential and commuter students who have a passion for making the world a better place for all by questioning and challenging social inequality.
What do Leaders in Social Justice do?
- Take classes with other Leaders in Social Justice to develop leadership skills
- Serve with other Leaders in Social Justice
- Travel to enrich their knowledge about social advocacy and to engage in civic service
- Think globally, act locally
Peace Corps Prep is an undergraduate certificate program run through the Office of Service Learning in collaboration with the Office of Global Learning. This program provides a framework for students to be engaged in a global, service-based curriculum throughout their time at Walsh. It prepares students to be qualified for Peace Corps and other international development fieldwork upon graduation based on the following 4 competencies:
- Sector-specific skills
- Foreign language proficiency
- Intercultural competence
- Professional savvy and leadership
Students interested in the Peace Corps Prep program can learn more here or by contacting the Director of Service Learning.
For regular and one-time community service opportunities for individual students or campus groups, look for the weekly Service Learning email or contact the Director of Service Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Walsh’s Campus Kitchen, a branch of the national Campus Kitchens Project, student volunteers recover food that would otherwise go to waste from Sodexo Dining Services and other local sources. They then use that food to create healthy, balanced meals for Refuge of Hope and other community partners. Students and student groups can help in a variety of ways. For more information and volunteer opportunities, including cooking shifts, serving shifts, and more, email email@example.com.