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Academic Service-Learning

University of New Haven Academic Service-Learning

What is Academic Service-Learning?

Academic Service-Learning "is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhance sensed of civic responsibility." - Bringle and Hatcher, 1995.  

An important part of academic service learning is reflection, which serves as a bridge between community service activities and the educational content of the course.  Reflection directs the student's attention to new interpretations of events and provides a means through which the community service can be studied for deeper understanding.  

Does a student earn credit and a grade for Academic Service-Learning?  Yes — for the learning, not the service.  We know that serving others is its own reward.

Apply to Community Work Study!

For more information click here.

For the application click here.

  1. Meet the Staff

    Academic Service-Learning
    Location: Kaplan 210

    Sally Anastos
    Director of Academic Service-Learning
    Phone: (203) 479-4588

    Sarafina Robinson
    Community Work Study Coordinator 
    Phone: (203) 479-4829
    Contact Sarafina about the Community Work Study Program

    Melanie Gonzalez
    Academic Service-Learning Coordinator
    Phone: (203) 479-4829


  2. Upcoming Events

    Federal Work Study Fair 

    For Students: Come hear about off-campus work opportunities through Community Work Study.

    Tuesday, September 1 - Friday, September 4, 2015
    10:00am - 3:00pm 
    DeDominicus Room, Bartels Student Center 

    Careers for Common Good Workshop: Marketing Your Community Service Experience

    For Students:  Come and learn how you can market the skills and experience that you gained through volunteering so that you can land a job.  This interactive workshop will allow you to enhance your resume and practice your interview skills.

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
    4:30pm - 5:30pm 
    BSAC Conference Room 
    To RSVP email Melanie Gonzalez at  





  3. Fall 2015 'S' Courses

    Criminal Justice
    Victim Law and Service Administration (CJST 4413_01S)
    Professor: Barbara Moynihan 

    Legal Studies
    ST: Veteran's Legal Issues (LSTD 4456_01S)
    Professor: Darren Pruslow

    Political Science
    ST: Ideas into Law (PSCI 4494_01S)
    Professor: Chris Haynes

    Contemporary Social Problems (SOCI 1114_01S) 
    Professor: Patrick McGrady

    University Course
    Oskar Schindler Humanities  (UNIV 4501_01S)
    Professor: David Schroeder

  4. CWS

    The CWS (Community Work Study) program places undergraduate students at nonprofit and public organizations in the Greater New Haven area. The students are compensated entirely through Federal Work Study funds, allowing students to have regular income at no cost to the community organization. Students work from September-May for about 8-10 hours a week. 

    Students in the Community Work Study program worked a total of 5,832 hours. The value of that service according to the independent is $162,527.94!

    To be considered for the CWS program, organizations must be federally recognized 501 (c)(3) nonprofits. Students must have federal work study and go through an application process with the Academic Service-Learning Office.

    For questions about the CWS program and how you can get involved, email us at

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