Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
Our Mission and Values
To foster partnerships between communities and educational institutions that build on each other's strengths and develop their roles as change agents for improving health professions education, civic responsibility and the overall health of communities.
What is service learning?
Service learning provides students a unique opportunity to connect coursework with life experience through public service. Offered as an integral part of many University of Washington courses, service learning provides students an opportunity to experience theories traditionally studied within classrooms come to life, through volunteering in the community.
How does service learning work at the UW?
Each quarter, faculty from numerous disciplines across campus, elect to integrate service learning into their courses. The Carlson Center staff works closely with course instructors to identify learning objectives for students while simultaneously working with community organizations to identify their volunteer and community needs. Courses are subsequently matched with organizations and the Carlson Center actively recruits students to fill each position. When students sign up, they commit to serving 20-40 hours over the course of the 10-week quarter, to the community organization. In turn, the community agency provides a structured learning experience for the student. The quarter-long project usually culminates in a reflective paper or related project, demonstrating the student's understanding of classroom theories applied to community involvement.
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