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SERVICE LEARNER

On November 14, 2013, the Neighborhood House presented the Service Learning Program with the Ray Richardson Award for our long-standing partnership with the International Learning Center. This relationship embodies what Ray Richardson, the former Neighborhood House Executive Director, envisioned for Neighborhood House: people of various strengths and abilities coming together in ways that foster their own individual growth and development, and strengthen the community at large. The Service Learning Program is based on reciprocity. On the Marquette side, scores of undergrads have spent hundreds of hours tutoring English as a Second Language, math, and literacy at ILC – not just as volunteers, but as active learners with an academic and civic stake in the task. On the Neighborhood House side, they see adult refugees and immigrants –many of whom have never been to school before – getting the language and literacy skills they need to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens in a new land. When they grow as individuals, their families are stronger, their kids are stronger. When neighbors help neighbors, our community is stronger (Source: Neighborhood House).

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We are pleased to announce that the Marquette University Service Learning Program has been selected for The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh consecutive year. This is an award distributed annually by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The award is intended to recognize specific colleges and universities that encourage students to get involved and create “a lifelong path of civic engagement.” The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest honor used to recognize the institutions that exemplify a dedication to service in their surrounding community.

In 2012 the Marquette University Service Learning Program was named the Experiential Education Program of the Year by the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE). NSEE is an organization comprised of educators, businesses and community leaders. For more than four decades the NSEE association has encouraged the use of experience in the learning process to further the ethical, personal, intellectual and social development of individuals as well as global awareness and career exploration. It serves as a major resource center for the development of experiential programming nationwide. Each year the agencies of the NSEE nominate different members for seven different awards, including the Experiential Education Program of the Year award. To qualify for the Experiential Education Program of the Year a program must have “depth and breadth of program impact between and among diverse groups and communities” using innovative design and implementation.  

Upon receiving these two honors, Kim Jensen Bohat, the Director of the Marquette University Service Learning Program said, “We are pleased to be recognized with these awards because we feel that Service Learning is central to the Marquette learning experience. As a whole, the Marquette University Office of Service Learning looks forward to continuing to build our legacy of community engagement.”

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"The best evidence of SLP’s impact comes from students. Data collected by Marquette’s Center for Teaching and Learning indicates students feel an increased commitment to social justice after their service-learning experiences. "

~from the Marquette Magazine profile on the Service Learning Program

Since the Service Learning Program began in 1994, more than 240 courses have integrated service learning to broaden and expand students' understanding of local and national social problems. With 63% of the Marquette student body having participated in service learning upon graduation, the program is recognized far and wide as being a leader in collegiate experiential learning practices.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

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The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is a national recognition awarded annually to colleges and universities who are committed to placing students on a "lifelong path of civic engagement." It is the highest honor that an institution can receive for its commitment to community service.

The Marquette University Service Learning Program has been a proud recipient of the Honor Roll's Presidential Award since 2007.

For more information about the Honor Roll, please refer to the Corporation for National & Community Service.

The National Society for Experiential Education

NSEE

The National Society for Experiential Education has a membership composed of educators, businesses, and community leaders from around the country. Since 1971, the NSEE has served as a resource center for the development of experiential programming nationwide.

In 2012, the Marquette University Service Learning Program was named the Experiential Education Program of the Year.

For more information about the NSEE, please refer to their website.

United Community Center

In 2011, the Marquette University Service Learning Program was named the Youth Group Volunteer of the Year.

For more information about UCC, please refer to their website.

Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful

In 2009, the Marquette University Service Learning Program was recognized for Exemplifying the Ideal of Leadership.

For more information about KGMB, please refer to their website.


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