“Service Learning” course and other Service-Learning Courses

February 24, 2015

In the past two years 27 classes with a total of 403 students engaged in service-learning activities totaling 7,229 hours of service. These classes spanned the Academic Divisions including Business, Education and Human Services, Liberal Studies, and Arts & Sciences.

An interdisciplinary course, “Service-Leadership”, has as its goal the development and enhancement of students leadership skills through community service activities. Students become familiar with concepts, terminology and principles of servant leadership and apply them with at least 30 hours of community service projects. Representative projects included teaching non-violence and conflict resolution in an elementary school, setting up “peace corners” in another, tutoring programs, Habitat for Humanity, and equipping a playroom in a homeless shelter. Students also studied poverty and homelessness issues culminating in food and clothing drives. In Environmental Education Lab students develop and implement educational strategies that highlight and address environmental issues and the development of environmental stewardship.

Also, in the past year Neumann College collaborated with the Chester-Upland School District (an impoverished urban community ranking at the bottom in student academic performance of all the districts in Pennsylvania) in arranging Neumann College students to tutor through the America Reads Program. In an Accounting course, students assisted senior citizens in the preparation of tax returns through the VITA program. Another class involves learning about Native American history and culture, and includes an alternative spring break trip to New Mexico for service at a mission school serving the Acoma and Laguna pueblos. Other classes also provide students the opportunity to the work of citizenship.

Service Learning Center Website: http://www.neumann.edu/life/service_learning.asp

Neumann University, Pennsylvania
President: Rosalie Mirenda
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