Community Partners & Service-Learning
The Carlson Center involves students in public service activities to assist community-based organizations with addressing community needs. Community partners serve as co-educators of students, informing and teaching students about social issues and policies in their areas of expertise.
- Find out what courses offer Service-Learning in Autumn, 2012.
- Read the Carlson Center's Service-Learning Evaluation Report for 2010-2011.
- See if your opportunities might fit with a Multi-Quarter Service-Learning Model.
If you are interested in partnering with the Carlson Center, please contact us at
(206) 616.2885 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always pleased to partner with new community-based organizations.
What is Service-Learning?
Service-learning is a learning experience that combines service with the community with structured preparation and reflection opportunities. Service opportunities are tied to academic coursework and address concerns that are identified and articulated by the community. As students engage in service-learning, they learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their roles as community members.
When participating in service-learning, students become more aware of contemporary issues facing the world, and are more actively involved in community and civic affairs. By providing an opportunity for students to relate classroom theories to their community experiences, and community experiences to classroom theories, the Carlson Center hopes to contribute to our students' awareness and involvement while also contributing to the advancement of the goals and programs of community-based organizations.
Resources for Community Partners
How does my organization get connected with service-learning students?
Community Partner Forms and Information
This helpful and comprehensive reference guide is designed to offer specific guidance to individuals and organizations interested in pursuing service learning. This guide is intended for community partners and faculty to read and review in contemplating, planning, and engaging in service learning.
Current and Previous Service-Learning Courses
Links to previous tables of service-learning courses offered since Autumn, 2004. By clicking on any course number/section, you can view a detailed listing of service-learning organizations and positions associated with that course. This is an excellent way to learn more about how other community based organizations have articulated their service-learning positions.
Service-Learning Calendars: Autumn 2012
Service-learning calendars detail the processes involved in developing and implementing service-learning. Each timeline includes information for community partners, faculty, and students.