“I understand world issues, as well as issues within the Twin Cities that I didn’t know existed, and I know that I can help and make a difference if I get involved.”

The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (OSCLE) encourages students to register for fall ’15 service-learning courses. Academic service-learning involves a reciprocal relationship between the university and a community partner, designed to enhance students’ learning and to encourage social responsibility. Service-learning classes are unique because they offer students a hands-on experience through their academic studies.

Students in a service-learning course gain professional experience and leave with skills to add to their resumes. Not only do students increase their understanding of the course topic, the practical experience they receive can lead to an internship or job in the field through networking with people. Leadership skills are developed through critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration. Students are offered the opportunity to explore their values and beliefs while working with diverse cultures and communities.

Community partners enjoy working with St. Thomas service-learners because it increases public awareness of key issues and adds additional human resources to achieve their organizational goals.

For more information about service-learning classes offered for fall 2015; how service-learning can benefit you professionally and personally; or to find other ways to get involved in the community please contact servicelearn@stthomas.edu or visit OSLCE in AQU 311.

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