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Service-learning provides great benefits for communities as well as the students, teachers, faculty, schools and campuses when these are joined in partnerships to work together to help meet community needs.
Though community can be defined in numerous ways, a general description could simply define it as: a group of people sharing common goals or interests. Communities have many unmet needs which could provide excellent learning opportunities for various disciplines, subject areas and ages of individuals. Nonprofit organizations, agencies, programs, schools and other "communities" welcome, and can benefit from, student involvement to bring fresh new perspectives, problem solving skills, expertise, and extra hands to help meet their needs.
Steps to develop and build partnerships for service
If interested in building a partnership, community members and faculty are encouraged to contact the UNK Office for Service-Learning for connections and personal contact information. Many partnerships already exist between campus and the community, and others are interested in developing these connections.
Information about UNK faculty who are currently, or have recently, implemented service-learning in the classroom curriculum, is also available through this Office. Faculty from all four of the UNK colleges have participated in service-learning training institutes and would be interested in sharing information with other interested faculty members.
Examples of UNK faculty/student work in the community
Call the UNK Office for Service-Learning for community contacts or additional information 308-865-8957. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred)