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Service-Learning & Community Engagement

What is Service-Learning & Community Engagement? 

Service-Learning engages students in weekly service with a designated service placement. Through this sustained partnership, students build relationships with whom they serve.  Service-Learning also allows students the opportunity to engage in formal and informal reflections on their service, which allow students to connect their service with their learning. Service-Learning is a connector program for various Shriver Center and UMBC initiatives.

UMBC Service-Learners at BARCS, Spring 2014

UMBC Service-Learners at BARCS, Spring 2014

The 096 Community Service & Learning Practicum allows for students to engage in weekly service and reflection through the enrollment in a zero-credit, pass/fail course. In FY18, The Shriver Center coordinated over 900 placements with close to 60 different community partners.

FY18 UMBCworks Self (Student) and Site (Placement) Evaluations completed by participants show that their applied learning experience had the following impacts:

    • 66% Persist to graduation
    • 68% Clarity of career goals (increased by 2% from FY16)
    • 69% Oral presentation skills
    • 70% View career expectations realistically
    • 75% Apply education to placement
    • 79% Self-confidence (of the 79%, 25% reported a significant increase, a 5% increase from FY16)
    • 80% Services of Shriver Center/Prac Coordinator(s) met my expectations
    • 86% Ability to make decisions (increased by 3% from FY15)
    • 87% Leadership skills
    • 88% Awareness of civic responsibilities
    • 88% Placement met expectations (increased 6% from FY16)
    • 93% Recommend applied experience to others (of the 93%, 63% strongly agree, a 3% increase from FY16)

Staff work closely with students to choose their service sites based upon their passions, goals, interests and availability. Currently, the Shriver Center has community partnerships with organizations that focus on various issue areas that serve diverse populations. These include, but are not limited to, animal welfare, education, the environment, food and housing access, healthcare and mental health.

Student Information: 

If you are interested in participating in Service-Learning, please visit the 096 Service-Learning Practicum page. Please note that we will continue to update our service chart as new information becomes available (Sites fill, updates on orientation, etc.)


Faculty Information: 

If you are interested in incorporating Service-Learning into a current or future academic course, please set up a meeting with a Shriver or Service-Learning Staff.

Community Partner Information:

If you are interested in having UMBC students volunteer with your organization, please look over our Community Partner Packet.  Contact Service-Learning Staff to discuss existing and future partnerships.


Service-Learning Staff:

Lori L Hardesty, MPA

Associate Director, Applied Learning & Community Engagement

Eloise Grose

Assistant Director, Applied Learning & Community Engagement

Shirley Carrington

Program Coordinator, Service-Learning & Community Engagement

Kasey Venn

Program Coordinator, Service-Learning & Community Engagement