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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.

Blugold tears down language barriers at local health clinic

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Corinne Klopotek, a senior psychology major and Spanish minor, completed her service-learning through the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic (CVFC) as an interpreter for non-English speaking patients.

Service-learning success story: part 3

Friday, March 2, 2018

Walking around the spring Community Action Fair, the Center for Service Learning was able to connect with a few individuals who had especially unique service experiences that led them from volunteer to intern or full time employee.

Carlie Rau helps restore a home in Puerto Rico

Blugold helps rebuild after hurricane in Puerto Rico

Friday, March 2, 2018

Carlie Rau, a junior marketing and sales major, spent her winter break performing service-learning 2,000 miles from home on the storm-torn island of Puerto Rico.

Service-learning success story: part 2

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Walking around the spring Community Action Fair, the Center for Service Learning was able to connect with a few individuals who had especially unique service experiences that led them from volunteer to intern or full time employee.

Service-learning success story: part 1

Friday, February 23, 2018

Walking around the spring Community Action Fair, the Center for Service Learning was able to connect with a few individuals who had especially unique service experiences that led them from volunteer to intern or full time employee.

Blugold changes lives at children's hospital

Friday, February 9, 2018

“We believe children are the most amazing people on earth - and that drives us to do everything we can do to live up to the privilege of caring for them.”

Human Sciences and Services building

Blugold helps families in need at Human Development Center

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

If there’s one thing UW-Eau Claire students and faculty can pride themselves on, it’s their inherent backing of strong community involvement [AND] support of interdisciplinary experiences.

UW-Eau Claire

Blugold makes impact at local Juvenile Detention Center

Monday, December 18, 2017

Avery Babb-Schaller, a junior sociology major here at UWEC, has come together with members of her CJ 307 course to work with adolescents at the Juvenile Detention Center right here in Eau Claire.

Water Street bridge

Blugold [AND] Environmentalist

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

This past summer, Kalle worked with the Beaver Creek Reserve as a clean boat clean waters watercraft inspector. As a watercraft inspector, Kalle was able to make a community impact through data collection [AND] as a public informant.

Harry Jol and four students spent several weeks in Lithuania last summer.

Blugolds find closure for Holocaust victims

Monday, November 13, 2017

4,000 miles off the eastern seaboard, in the capital city of Lithuania, a UW-Eau Claire professor realized he was standing on history.

Student walking in front of a Power of AND banner near the footbridge.

Blugold boosts Eau Claire's Korean community

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

To know a culture is to know a language. This is the premise behind one Blugold’s unique service-learning project. Ryan Kim, a senior IS major at UW-Eau Claire, spends his Sundays at the Korean United Methodist Church in Eau Claire, teaching the Korean language and culture to young church goers.

Service-Learning at Minnesota Zoo

Blugold hops to new heights at Minnesota Zoo

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mady Pashibin, a third year Biology major, spent her summer with Australian Kangaroos. With a strong interest in environmental biodiversity, Mady decided to carry out her service-learning through the Minnesota Zoo.

Service-Learning with AmeriCorps

Blugold tackles environmental issues with AmeriCorps

Monday, October 30, 2017

Josie Myers stumbled upon her service-learning project by accident. With her freshman year at UWEC under her belt and a dedication to her major in Geography, Josie set out to find a summer job that fit her field of study. Upon learning that AmeriCorps in Minnesota was hiring with opportunities for national service work, she knew this was the job for her.

Governors Hall serves local food pantry

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Carrying out service work at the St. Francis Food Pantry has been a Governors LLC tradition for three years, and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. These students dedicate the first and third Saturday of every month to serving at the food pantry, forming lasting relationships with people in need.

UWEC student poses with Fiji school children

Blugold brings education to Fiji

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Spending summer vacation 7,000 miles from home in a foreign country, with no access to to the internet, sounds like any college student’s worst nightmare; but for one, it was the experience of a lifetime. Sam Leifeld, a senior History major at UW-Eau Claire, spent four weeks of his summer renovating elementary schools on the island of Fiji.

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."