Service Learning Center


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Service Learning Handbook

Mission Statement:  The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (SLC) provides RRCC students with the opportunity to engage with real world problems in order to enrich the student learning experience for the benefit of both the campus and community.

Vision:  We envision a world in which peoples basic needs are met and in which the values of equality and social justice are realized. We believe institutions of higher education have a responsibility to cultivate an engaged citizenry.  We are therefore dedicated to empowering our students and faculty to realize they have the knowledge and skills to affect positive change in their community.

Values: The SLC values include;

  • Justice
  • Inclusiveness
  • Empathy
  • Transformation
  • Engagement

Purpose:  The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, in partnership with the local community, seeks to foster an environment where individuals learn about themselves and their community, take action through service, and advocate for lasting social change.

Service Learning Defined:  Service Learning is a teaching AND learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.  Service Learning is a multifaceted concept that embraces both curricular and co-curricular approaches approaches to service and educational opportunities.  The "4 R's" are essential components of a well-developed Service Learning activity - respect, reciprocity, relevance, reflection (Campus Compact 2000, Sigmon 1979).