Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement
The Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement’s (OSLCE) mission is to support service-learning and community engagement initiatives designed to foster integrative learning, encourage learning within and beyond the classroom, promote community-based research, and contribute to the public good through mutually beneficial community-university partnerships. The OSLCE staff values the USCConnect initiative and is committed to identifying ways to partner with faculty, students, and community agencies. Please let us know if you have any ideas on how we can work together on any of our office’s focus areas.
At the University of South Carolina, service-learning is a method of teaching and learning designed to connect meaningful community service with academic coursework and purposeful reflection. The experience promotes reciprocal benefits for all participants, a renewed sense of community connection, and critical thinking while upholding the principles embodied in the Carolina Creed.
Service-learning courses emphasize hands-on tasks that address real-world concerns as a venue for educational growth. The service experience provides a context for testing, observing, or trying out discipline specific –based theories, concepts, and skills. Similarly, the academic experience enriches the service by raising questions about real world issues and providing a forum for an in-depth analysis of those issues. Through reciprocal learning and community engagement, service-learning helps prepare students to be full and responsible participants in both their profession and their communities.
- Getting ready for registration? Take a look at the Spring 2016 Service-Learning Course Listing to see what service-learning classes are being offered next semester. This is a running list, and more and more courses are being added each week, so please contact the Service-Learning staff with any questions or to see what has been added recently. You can contact the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jabari Bodrick at email@example.com.
- The Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement (OSLCE) is sponsoring a showing of the motion picture Selma on Monday, January 18th at 7:00 pm in the Russell House University Union Theater. Please join us as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by watching this award-winning film.
- The 8th Annual Community Partner Breakfast has been rescheduled and will be held on Thursday, February 25th from 7:30 am until 9:00 am in the Russell House University Union. The Community Partner Breakfast, part of the university’s efforts to celebrate and build sustainable community partnerships, connects campus representatives with local agencies to enhance the success of academic service-learning and other community engagement initiatives. The event is free and open to faculty, staff, and students involved or interested in campus-community partnerships and to professionals from service agencies in Columbia. Please select the appropriate link to register for the breakfast: Students, Faculty/Staff, and Community Partners.
- The Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement (OSLCE) and Preston Residential College is hosting a public service panel discussion on Monday, February 29th at 6:00 pm in Preston Residential College. Representatives from City Year, Teach for America, Peace Corps, and AmeriCorps VISTA will converse with students about public service opportunities. Please RSVP for the panel here.