There are a number of community service models appropriate for
service-learning courses. In each, advancing students' academic and
civic learning and benefitting the host community organizations is
Students support initiatives that directly address social, economic and political inequality and that lead to systemic change.
undertake community service that directly benefits an organization's
clientele/consumers. This model works well in many courses, including
those in which a real world component would advance student learning and
in courses focused on community service, social justice, community
participation, and the H2H competence in the School for New Learning.
Examples include tutoring youth, providing health screenings, and
serving meals at a homeless shelter.
undertake an effort, individually or in groups, needed by the host
community organization. This model works well in many courses including
those focused on developing students' skills. Examples include
developing an advertising campaign, improving a webpage, and creating a
contribute to a research effort needed by the host organization, often
for advocacy purposes. This established research method involves the
community organization in most if not all phases of the research
project, from generating the research question to analyzing the data.
This service-learning model works well in a number of different types of
courses and especially well in research methods courses. Students
typically undertake survey development, data gathering, and/or
developing a program evaluation. The Steans Center assists faculty and
students in the development and implementation of such research projects
created in collaboration with community partners. The Center provides
opportunities for students to become research assistants for faculty
teaching CbR courses, to participate in CbR internships, and to present
research findings at academic conferences and community meetings.