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Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism

A Unit of the Dean of Students

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About Us

The Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism seeks to support and foster the university mission of service by preparing students to be engaged, aware and responsible citizens.

Mission

The mission of the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism is to engage students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service to the community. We develop educational programs and support service-learning initiatives that provide transformational experiences for our students in their development as citizen-scholars and strengthen our institution’s civic mission.

2015 Women's Civic Institute

JOIN A SELECT GROUP! Apply to be part of the WCI!

Applications for the 2015 Women's Civic Institute are due October 24, 2014.  

These events are at NO cost to you!

To view the poster click here - WCI 2015 Poster

To view and print the application click here - WCI 2015 Application

To see what past WCI participants have to say click here - Reflections from Spring 2014 WCI participants

Saluki Volunteer Corps 

Students volunteer in at least 30 hours of community service per academic year at after-school programs, the public library, state parks, food pantries, reading newspapers for the visually impaired, or Habitat for Humanity.

Benefits of Volunteering

  1. Explore academic interests and new careers.
  2. Connect classroom theory to practice.
  3. Learn new skills and build professional contacts.
  4. Receive a Student Involvement Transcript to add to your resume.

Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps

Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps is a grant-based, community service project made possible through the Illinois Governor's Initiative and the Corporation for National Service in Washington, D.C. AmeriCorps members primarily focus their service in education, providing direct, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring assistance to teacher referred K-2 emergent learners, or middle-school students who would benefit from a relationship with a caring adult.

Benefits of AmeriCorps

Land of Lincoln members are eligible to receive the following benefits:

  1. A yearly stipend or living allowance in the sum of $6,405 in 10 checks.
  2. An education award in the amount of $2,775 upon successful completion of 900 hours.
  3. A portion of interest accrued on an existing education loan during the term of service.
  4. Leadership training and professional development opportunities at local and state levels.

Service-Learning

Service-Learning takes place in credit-bearing courses that integrate academic content with real-world experience in community-based settings. There are over 80 service-learning courses at SIU across a wide spectrum of disciplines. In these courses, students participate in activities that address real needs of the community while learning academic content and social issues.

Benefits of Service-Learning

  1. Put classroom concepts into practice.
  2. Get to know your professor's research interests.
  3. Develop communication, critical thinking and provlem-solving.
  4. Explore possible career paths.
  5. Gain an understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives.

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