Policy Reviewer: Adriane Williams
Policy Author: Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement
Responsible Office-Department: Student Affairs
Effective Date of Policy: Fall 2022
Policy Purpose: Establish parameters around Service Learning Requirements and resources.
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Daemen University Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement provides guidance and assistance year-round to undergraduate students who are seeking opportunities to fulfill the University service-learning requirement. Service learning is a three-credit hour academic course that is required for graduation and consists of one (1) hour per week in the classroom along with service hours in the community.
Students are invited to meet with the staff to discuss their academic goals and interest areas, and together select a service placement that benefits the student, the University, and the community partner being served. All service activities complement the classroom instruction students receive in their service learning course. Students can choose from a variety of courses and service learning placements in settings that include community centers, housing rehabilitation, refugee resettlement agencies, summer reading camps, and many other health and human service agencies. There are also multiple international service learning courses offered.
Each fall and spring, students are invited to attend Information Sessions (advertised in advance), where they can obtain all the necessary registration forms and contracts for their service placements, as well as learn about various service learning resources and other outreach activities planned throughout the academic year.
In addition to service learning the Saffrin Center is also available to students who need help to complete a course assignment with a community component or are in need of service for a course or club. The center also hosts a variety of events throughout the year for both students and the Daemen Community at large. Events include a day of service, environmental summits, health fairs, refugee panels, and university readiness programs, among many others.