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In addition, the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement aspires to be known regionally and nationally for the excellent quality of experiential learning provided for our students, and for the effective reciprocal relationships we share with our community partners. These partnerships will be shaped by Whitworth's commitment to do justice, love mercy and serve humbly as an institution interdependent with both local and global communities, promoting holistic development, health and sustainability.
Colleges and universities all over the nation and world are finding that students learn far more through engaged service than from books and lectures alone. Moreover, communities are equal beneficiaries when students and faculty apply their knowledge and skills in public settings.
What is service-learning?
What is the difference between service-learning and community service?
With service-learning, the community becomes an extension of the classroom, and people with whom students interact (children, the homeless, community supervisors and others) become teachers, along with the students' professors.
One of the main goals of service-learning is to create an experience in which both community and students benefit in tangible ways. Mutual benefits are key, and reciprocity is essential for an experience to be considered true service-learning.
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What people have to say about service-learning at Whitworth
"Although I took tests and gave reports on Maslow's hierarchy-of-needs theory, I never fully understood this theory until I met a little homeless boy at the YWCA who needed breakfast and a warm sweatshirt before he could study."
"Student and faculty involvement in service-learning reinforces in tangible ways Whitworth's commitment to be a good and responsible citizen of the world. Whether classes are planting trees, conducting a sociological survey for an inner-city neighborhood, or leading drama workshops for mentally ill adults, their service-learning experiences enhance academics and provide a way to live out Whitworth's mission to 'honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity'."
"I would recommend service-learning to anyone. It's a great experience to help someone else out instead of serving yourself all the time."
"It has given me a relevant, meaningful application of course material. Additionally, it has allowed me to network with other professionals in my prospective field."
"I'd recommend service-learning only if a person wants to be changed and to make a change in others' lives. It is so worth it, and I'm so thankful for it."