Making A Difference Through Service Learning
At Truman, service learning opportunities enrich a student’s educational experience by integrating community service with academic study. Whether it’s in the form of outreach programs in the local community or a service learning project incorporated into a course, students acquire leadership skills, enhance their problem-solving ability, and learn how to work with others toward a common goal — and they help create a better community for everyone.
Since 2006, Truman has been on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which highlights the contributions of colleges and universities in solving community problems and placing students on a lifelong path to civic engagement.
Service Learning Opportunities
Linking Academic Curriculum with Service
Many Truman faculty incorporate service components in their classes allowing students the opportunity to apply what they learn in class to real-life situations. For example, Taiwan Connect gives students a chance to practice their language and teaching skills by Skyping with elementary students thousands of miles away.
Prepping for the Peace Corps
No matter what your major is, you are eligible to enroll in Truman’s Peace Corps Prep Program. If you plan to apply for the Peace Corps, you can gain an edge by completing coursework and field experiences relevant to international service.
Projects in the Local Community
Students can participate in service projects, such as the Big Event, the largest single-day community service project that involves giving back to the local community.
Service Learning Resources
Student organizations often include service as an integral part of their activities. The University’s SERVE Center matches volunteer interests with appropriate agencies and service opportunities in the community.
Offering a helping hand as a united force softens the boundaries of culture, race and religion. During my experiences with the MLK Challenge and other service projects on campus, I learned that regardless of where a person comes from, commitment, passion and hope will lead them to implementing a positive change.