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Service Learning

 

WHAT IS SERVICE- LEARNING                                        

 

As a public liberal-arts university, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire commits to educating students for full participation in society. One essential aspect of full participation is public service. Our Service-Learning requirement fosters habits of public engagement in our students and encourages them to serve society. At UW-Eau Claire, Service-Learning includes both service and learning to promote the common good.

  • Service-Learning is service because it must benefit others. Service-Learning can make education a collaborative effort where students benefit society by exercising both the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
  • Service-Learning is learning because it must educate students. It challenges them to apply concepts and principles they have learned in their college coursework to their other experiences—and to apply experiential insights critically and creatively to their college learning. Service-Learning also fosters academic and personal growth.

Service-Learning is an opportunity for students at UW-Eau Claire to give back to the local community, or their home community.  It provides a way to learn skills, investigate careers, and build a personal network. Service-Learning makes education a collaborative effort; students benefit society by exercising the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Completing 30 hours of service-learning is a requirement for graduation at UW-Eau Claire.

Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire

Center for Service-Learning honors educators, students

Monday, May 8, 2017

The UW-Eau Claire Center for Service-Learning recently recognized those who have volunteered countless hours of service to the Eau Claire community.

Kaitlyn Weiland Service-Learning Project

Student Collaboration with The Chippewa Valley Aphasia Camp

Thursday, March 30, 2017

“The importance of this experience was that it pushed me to experience different things. By volunteering, you learn a lot about yourself..."

Performing Service Through Dance

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

With 12 years of dancing experience, the performing arts have been a cornerstone for growth in Sydney Rabata’s life. The choral education major was asked to participate in a collaborative theatre workshop between the Baraboo Theatre Guild, Creative Alliance of Baraboo and the Parks and Recreation Department of Baraboo.

Andrew's service-learning project

Preventing the growth of disease through service and immersion

Thursday, December 15, 2016

"I was able to expand my global cultural awareness, understanding and depth by appreciating foreign people as well as the disease that puts them at risk."

Non-traditional student takes on volunteering

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"Knowing that you are helping somebody, even though you don’t know them, someone will reap those benefits later. I am a strong believer in paying things forward and you just hope that giving back will start a chain reaction."

Picture of Smoky Mountains

Learning about service through National Parks

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

“It was incredible to witness first hand. I was able to experience these interactions almost every day.”

UW-Eau Claire service-learning experience in a local rain garden

Need to do your service-learning?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Get passionate and get excited about doing your required service-learning! Information sessions are coming up soon.

Students help fight cancer by volunteering for Relay for Life

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Bailey Mueller and Erin Skarivoda joined more than four million global volunteers who are dedicated to finishing the fight against cancer at the Relay for Life earlier this year in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s McPhee Physical Education Center.

Service-learning experience taps into young politician's passion

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Benjamin Kapsner represented the UW-Eau Claire student body as a political activist for the Republican Party of Eau Claire County (RPECC).

Student's volunteer work dovetails with commitment to Boy Scouts

Thursday, July 28, 2016

During his service-learning focused activities at the local Chippewa Valley Council Fall Cub Camp, Jacob Harriman was able to work closely with young men and help shape future leaders.

Blugolds find spring break is for service-learning

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sophia Thoen and 18 other UW-Eau Claire students completed their service-learning hours in Indianapolis over spring break.

Students watering coffee plants during their immersion trip to Guatelama.

Reflections from the Guatemala immersion experience

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Winterim trip abroad told through the lens of photographer Heidi Giacalone.