Making A Difference Through Service Learning
At Truman, service learning enriches 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 projects in other countries, service learning provides students with an opportunity to step outside the classroom to apply their knowledge and skills to meet community needs.
Through service learning, 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.
Service Learning Opportunities
Many faculty incorporate service components in their classes allowing students the opportunity to apply what they learn in class to real-life situations. Students also participate in single-day service projects such as the Martin Luther Jr. Day of Service. For the Big event, another popular service activity, students spend a day helping out in the local community. In addition, 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.
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. Truman has also been ranked as a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers.
"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."
– Jorjoh Niang, Economics Major