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Service-learning is an effective pedagogy for enhancing academic learning, retention, and civic efficacy.  The Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism offers a variety of resources for faculty and staff who want to start or improve efforts to engage students in community-based learning.

CSLV Services and Resources

  • Consultation for
    • incorporating service-learning into a course
    • developing effective reflections
    • developing community-based research
  • Workshops on service-learning for groups of faculty
  • Visits to the classroom or orientations to tell students or faculty about community needs and organizations
  • Civic engagement and service-learning library
  • List of screened community partners
  • Risk assessment with potential community partners

Need something else? Just ask! The Center wants to make service-learning easy for you and effective for your students. 


Wingspread Principles of Good Practice for Combining Service and Learning

The Wingspread principles support sound educational programs. These practices effectively combine service and learning. Good practice:

Taken from Porter Honnet, E., and Poulsen, S. Principles of Good Practice for Combining Service and Learning. Racine, WI: Johnson Foundation, 1989.


Campus Volunteer Work

In 2018, the offices of  Risk Management and Legal Counsel provided guidelines for faculty and staff who plan to utilize students as volunteers for their programs or offices. The Service Documentation forms found here are for any student volunteer age 18 and above.  The Waiver for Minors must be completed for student volunteer  who are not yet 18 years of age. If you have questions about which form to use, please contact the CSLV.  If you have specific questions on risk and compliance, please call the office of Risk Management or Legal Counsel. 

Put simply: if faculty or staff are organizing/supervising an event/program that uses SIU students as volunteers the attached forms need to be completed. Thanks for your patience and cooperation.