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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!

Are you eligible for Federal Work Study and want to explore opportunities to work off-campus? For more information about the Community Work Study program, click here.

For the application click here.

  1. Meet the Staff

    Academic Service-Learning
    Location: Kaplan 210
    E-mail: servicelearning@newhaven.edu


    Sally Anastos
    Director of Academic Service-Learning
    Phone: (203) 479-4588
    sanastos@newhaven.edu

    Nicole Wiley
    Community Work Study Coordinator 
    Phone: (203) 479-4829
    CWS@newhaven.edu
    Contact Nicole about the Community Work Study Program

    Desiree McPherson
    Service-Learning Student Staff
    servicelearning@newhaven.edu
    Contact Desiree for general inquiries. 

     

  2. Upcoming Events

    Community Work Study Information Session

    For Organizations and Site Supervisors: Come learn about the Community Work Study program, and apply to host a CWS student for the 2016-2017 academic year!

    Wednesday, June 8th
    11:00am - 12:00pm
    Kaplan Hall, Room 207

    Federal Work Study Fair 

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

    Tuesday, September 6 - Friday, September 9, 2016
    10:00am - 3:00pm 
    DeDominicus Room, Bartels Student Center 



     

     

     

     

  3. Community Work Study

    The Community Work Study (CWS) 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 sector.org 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 more information about the Community Work Study Program, please visit our page here!

    For questions about the CWS program and how you can get involved, email us at cws@newhaven.edu

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