The name change stems from the department’s new strategic plan, which seeks to help the University understand the mission and resources of the Center. As part of the University College, the Center will continue to further emphasize the importance of service to the surrounding community and learning outcomes that become a part of the student experience.
The CS&L will not only help students within the University College, but will continue to support all colleges, units and students within the University as it continues the charge to bring focused learning to all the service that takes place on and off campus.
The CS&L strives to educate, support and encourage interdisciplinary service activities and experiences for students and faculty that enhance learning. Encouraging a campus culture of service, the CS&L works to build sustainable partnerships with local community partners, develop service pedagogy, help students find their strengths, gain community connection and provide opportunities for lifelong learning and academic success.
The CS&L supports WVU’s commitment to serving by offering a variety of programs and services including an S-(Service) designation for courses, service grants for faculty and students, opportunities for faculty development, large-scale service events for students and units, an official community partner program, the United Way campaign, disaster relief events, support for various college service requirements and the online volunteer management system iServe.
“We are excited to be making a positive change that further clarifies our role at WVU and within the University College,” says Dr. Kristi Wood-Turner, CS&L director. “We believe that Mountaineers learn through service, and the Center for Service and Learning is here to support that goal by providing structured service opportunities that ensure safe, effective, and exciting service.”
The CS&L is committed to enhancing student learning by building a campus and community environment that encourages meaningful service directly connected to academic success. Faculty is encouraged to contact us for assistance in adding service to your curriculum, program or course. If you already have a strong service component in your college, check out iServe for an easy and validated way for your students to report their service.
CONTACT: Leah Cunningham, WVU Center for Service and Learning
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