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Service Learning

Students may participate in a curricular or meta-curricular component that deepens their social awareness and heightens their motivation to bring their technical expertise to bear on societal problems.–NAE

UMBC’s Shriver Center, founded in 1993, is a national model for integrated service learning, with the mission of actively engaging students, faculty, and staff in the social issues of the metropolitan Baltimore region, both to improve the quality of life for residents of the region and to deepen the civic responsibility of all members of UMBC’s community. Shriver Center programs include the Service-Learning practicum, the Shriver Living Learning Community for social change, the service-focused France-Merrick Scholarship Program, the Shriver Peaceworker Fellows, and the innovative BreakingGround program that highlights and promotes civic engagement throughout the UMBC community. Ms. Michele Wolff, Director of the Shriver Center, is a member of the GCSP Advisory Board.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for the Service program area are centered around the Social Responsibility AFC (AFC5). In addition to the three core learning objectives, students will select one personalized learning objective.

  • Community Engagement: Participate in community action, including campus community, neighborhood/city/state community, national community, global community, and others.
  • Civic Agency: Regard themselves as connected to communities and social groups, and as able to proactively interact with them. Seek ways to make positive change.
  • Capacity for Reflection: Consider role as social actor, impact on community, and effect of community involvement on self. Seek to strengthen and multiply skills for sustainable social solutions.

For details about gold/silver/bronze experiences, visit the Learning Experiences page.