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Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement

The Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement’s (OSLCE) mission is to support faculty, staff, and students participating in service-learning by providing an extensive set of workshops and resources that encourage teaching and learning within and beyond traditional classroom settings.

The Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement (OSLCE) defines service-learning as 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 and a renewed sense of community connection 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 and theory-based theories, concepts, and skills. Through reciprocal learning and community engagement, service-learning helps prepare students to be full and responsible participants in both their profession and their communities.

  • The 9th Annual Community Partner Breakfast will be held on Thursday, October 20th from 7:30 am until 9:00 am in the Russell House University Union Ballroom. Prospective attendees can register for the Community Partner Breakfast by selecting one of the following links: Students, Community Partners, and Faculty/Staff. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Breakfast.

  • The inaugural Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement Awards will be given at this year’s Community Partner Breakfast. The Excellence in Service-Learning Community Partner Award will be presented to at least one community partner that has worked to support the University of South Carolina's service-learning efforts and has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways. You can nominate a community partner here. The Excellence in Service-Learning Student Award will be presented to at least one student who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to service-learning. You can nominate a student here. The nomination deadline is Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

  • The 2015-2016 Service-Learning Overview is now available. We are proud of the way our service-learning courses have grown in quality and quantity.