Service Learning Reflection Sessions

Reflection is an integral part of service learning and attendance at least one reflection session is strongly encouraged.

Check with your professor to find out whether you are required to attend a reflection session. You are welcome to attend more than one session. Mark your calendars now and save the date for the topic(s) that spark your interest. These reflections are specifically geared towards service learning experiences.

Students who register get priority seating. Arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes early will not count as a reflection attendance. Due to the impact of COVID-19, please be mindful of the following:

  • In-person reflection sessions are limited to 30 students (depends on space). Attendance policies for in-person reflection sessions still apply. Priority seating for those students who pre-register.
  • While online reflections sessions are shorter in time, it is more work. Students will receive materials to review BEFORE the online reflection session. Students must review required material before the reflection session and come prepared to participate in the discussion. No participation means no attendance verification. Students will also receive information on how to join the reflection session via email.
  • While online reflections sessions are shorter in time, it is more work. Students will receive materials to review 3-4 days BEFORE the online reflection session. Students must review required material before the reflection session and come prepared to participate in the discussion. No participation in the reflection session means no attendance verification. Students will receive information on how to join the reflection session via zoom.

  • You must register for online reflection sessions. You cannot forward online log-in information to students who did not register for the online reflection session. We will monitor who is logging into the online space for reflection sessions.

  • Registration for each reflection session will close 5 days before the start of that reflection session. This is to ensure participants receive enough time to review information before the reflection sessions (applies to online reflection sessions only). 

  • Due to limited space, do not register for a reflection session just to hold your spot. Please be considerate of others.

  • Number of students allowed for any online reflection session can depend on the number of Service Learning Program staff available. We want to make sure the online space is manageable in quantity to have quality conversations on the service learning experience. We appreciate your patience. 

Register for reflection sessions through your service learning course on MUEngage. Refer to this presentation on how to register for reflection sessions on MUEngage if you have questions. 

Fall 2020 Reflection Sessions 

**Please note that dates are subject to change due to current health pandemic. 


In-Person and Online Reflection Sessions

Introduction to Service Learning

Online: Wednesday, September 9, 5:00pm-6:15pm

Online: Tuesday, September 15, 5:00pm-6:15pm

Students who are new to service learning are highly encouraged to attend this session to learn about expectations and strategies to get the most from this academic learning experience. Service Learning is a unique opportunity to integrate your learning between your traditional classroom and your community classroom, but what should you do as a student to help make those important connections? This session will help you explore ways to positively interact with the organization you will serve, and help you examine your own comfort levels before you begin service.

**This session is strongly encouraged for those who have never participated in Service Learning. **


R1: Addressing Our Bias and Privilege

Online: Sunday, September 27, 2:00pm-3:15pm

Online: Wednesday, September 30, 6:00pm-7:15pm

The bias and privilege we hold blur our ability to develop relationships within our community and prevent us from seeing the bigger picture. How do we go beyond understanding those different from us as ‘others’? During this session, participants will reflect on what it means when our bias and privilege go unchecked while working in communities different from our own. How do our current life experiences perpetuate our privilege and increase the bias we hold about different populations? We will discuss how we can reframe our thinking and change our narrative about the people we live and work with daily.


R2: Staying In Your Lane: Working With the Community As An Ally

Online: Monday, October 12, 9:00am-10:15am

In Person: Wednesday, October 14, 6:00pm-7:30pm, AMU 227

This reflection session will discuss how to work in the community as an ally while respecting the standards of the community. Using the works of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X as examples, students will workshop on how people from dominant cultures have historically worked with marginalized communities, and what those historical lessons can teach us as we prepare to work in communities. This session will be co-facilitated by students in Dr. Cedric Burrows English course about Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.


Online Only Reflection Sessions

R3: The Examen: A Radical St. Ignatius

Friday, October 23, 3:00pm-4:15pm

Serving our fellow humans is a core value of all faith and spiritual traditions.  How do you see your beliefs come alive during service learning?  Do you see the face of God in those you serve?  How do your beliefs shape who you are and your relationships with others?  Discussion during this reflection will focus on how spirituality is both challenged and enhanced in the quest for social justice, a process by which individuals of all faiths create a just and humane world by sharing time and resources, reflecting on their role within the broader context of all humanity, and exploring systematic change through education and advocacy.  People of diverse faiths, beliefs, and spiritual backgrounds are encouraged to attend and share their perspectives.


R4: Dust Off That Syllabus: The Coursework Connection

Monday, November 2, 7:00pm-8:15pm

Thursday, November 5, 6:00pm-7:15pm

Service Learning is a teaching and learning method designed to help students’ practice, test, observe, feel, question, and connect what they are learning in the classroom to real life experience. Sometimes those connections are obvious, and sometimes they require students to be assertive and do some digging and reflection. In this session we will discuss the connections we are seeing between our academic coursework and our community service experiences. Students should come ready to explore what they have learned this semester and how their learning has grown because of their service learning experience. This session will also provide ideas for writing meaningful service learning reflection papers and final assignments. Attendees are asked to have a copy of the syllabus for their service learning course with them.


R5: Me + ______ = Social Change

Tuesday, November 10, 5:00pm-6:15pm

Wednesday, November 11, 5:00pm-6:15pm

Sometimes we unconsciously take ourselves out of the equation for social change. We may rely on other people to do work, or the gravity of social injustices leaves us overwhelmed. Social change cannot happen in a vacuum. We need all hands on deck. As a result of this service learning experience, how can you add yourself to the equation for social change? Are there things you can start doing, continue to do, or stop doing to contribute to the social change that needs to happen in our community? During this reflection sessions, students will brainstorm and personalize their next steps and think about their short-term and long-term contribution to enact social change in their community and the world.