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Service-Learning at UNI

At the University of Northern Iowa, service-learning (SL) is a class-based experience, co-created with community partners, intended to expand and deepen discipline-specific knowledge and skills, strengthen the community, and develop a student’s sense of civic responsibility. In service-learning classes:

  1. Students build critical thinking and professional communication skills.
  2. Service-learning activities align with academic coursework, providing a deeper understanding of the academic discipline.
  3. Service-learning activities align with community strengths and needs.
  4. Faculty prepare students to work with the community partner.
  5. Service-learning activities prepare students for active citizenship and social responsibility.
  6. Faculty engage students in purposeful and guided reflection.
  7. Students engage with and/or consider diverse populations, issues related to diversity and inclusion and the dynamics of an interconnected world.

Service-learning supports UNI Strategic Plan goal #3, Community Engagement.

Rod Library Services for Service-Learning

Service-Learning Course Designation

The University of Northern Iowa’s Initiative - Enhancing Service-Learning at UNI allows faculty/instructors to designate their courses as a service-learning course. The service-learning (SL) designation allows students to intentionally seek out courses that include a high-impact practice, proven to be significantly beneficial for students of all backgrounds.

More details: UNI Office of Community Engagement: Course Designation

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