After serving at a nonprofit organization this semester through a service learning course, we hope you are already thinking about different ways to stay engaged in the Milwaukee community for the remainder of your time at Marquette and beyond. After completing a service learning course, you are able to 1) Exhibit a commitment to social justice; 2) Appreciate people from diverse backgrounds; 3) Demonstrate a commitment to be involved citizens in your communities; and 4) Demonstrate an increased sense of vocation. To get you thinking about where and how you will demonstrate these skill sets, we have created a list of ways to stay engaged now that your service has come to a close.
- Enroll in another service learning course next semester! Gain even more valuable hands-on experience as you apply what you are learning in the classroom to real-world situations. Contact the Service Learning Program for a full list of upcoming service learning courses.
- Continue volunteering at your service learning organization in the same capacity or find a new role within the agency to gain a broader scope of their mission and how you can help to further it.
- Did you become passionate about a community issue after seeing it first-hand at your service learning site? Connect with a faculty member and a community agency to brainstorm ways to engage in a community-based research project together. Funding opportunities are available through the Center for Teaching and Learning.
- Volunteer at a different nonprofit organization that you find interesting and recruit your friends or student group to join you! To learn more about one-time and ongoing service opportunities, stop by the Center for Community Service in AMU 137 or contact Kelly Knox, the Coordinator for Student Community Service Programs, at Kelly.Knox@Marquette.edu or 414-288-1412. Don’t forget to attend the Community Service
Fair at the beginning of next semester to learn about volunteer opportunities, such as Midnight Run through Campus Ministry. Visit Marquette’s Student Involvement Link to stay informed about related opportunities.
- Are you a first-year student? Join the Dorothy Day Social Justice Living Learning Community in Straz Tower next year. Create positive social change, advocate for justice, and continue service learning alongside like-minded students. Visit the Office of Residence Life website for application information.
- Apply to go on a Marquette Action Program (M.A.P.) spring break service trip or join Mardi Gras on a fall, winter, spring, or summer service trip to New Orleans. Contribute to the community in which you work, learn about different social, cultural, and economic situations in our society, become aware of different justice issues, and reflect upon how the experiences relate to you and your community.
- Learn through action in South Africa! Increase your understanding of the people, history, culture, and traditions of South Africa through integrated course work and direct immersion into the culture through service learning at a local Cape Town organization. Stop by the Center for International Education to learn more about this service learning abroad opportunity.
- Get involved with local initiatives by joining nonprofit boards, committees, and the local government while educating yourself and others about pressing issues and the impact they have on your community.
- Graduating? Make a difference while making a living! Research national and international year-long service programs through AmeriCorps such as VISTA, City Year, or Public Allies, as well as Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Teach for America, Peace Corps, and more! There are hundreds of post-graduation service opportunities worldwide and many of them will provide a monthly stipend, housing, and professional development opportunities. Search www.Idealist.org to get started!