Loyola University Chicago

Service-Learning

Center for Experiential Learning

For Partners

Educating Students - Advancing Community Goals

‌Partnering with Loyola to support one or more of our service-learning classes offers community-based organizations the opportunity to draw on the talents, time, and knowledge of Loyola students and faculty. 

In exchange, we ask you, as community members, to act as co-educators for our students, sharing your knowledge of complex social issues with them and mentoring them in the kind of world-changing work that you do.   This reciprocity it is at the core of how Loyola's Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) seeks to structure our service-learning partnerships.

Service-Learning:  The Basics

A service-learning partnership is characterized by the following:

  • Loyola asks students to serve with partner organizations for 20-40 hours  over a 10-15 week period in spring, summer or fall.  CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR

  • Students serve with community-based organizations such as ethnic organizations, congregations, youth organizations, senior centers, schools, or government offices.  VISIT OUR MAP

  • Student service can take several forms.  LEARN ABOUT LOYOLA'S "MODELS" OF PARTNERSHIP

  • Student service must be connected to the academic content of the class.  Student service is aligned with the academic learning goals of the class in order to facilitate deeper, richer learning.  LEARN ABOUT OUR COURSES

  • Service-learning students may be freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors.

  • Service-learning should advance student learning AND your organization's priorities.