The Critical Service-Learning Approach

Learn about our approach to critical service-learning

Develop authentic relationships, advocate for social change, and work to redistribute power.

The Center for Community Engagement encourages a critical approach to service-learning by encouraging students to develop authentic relationships, advocate for social change, and work to redistribute power.  Critical service-learnings asks students to go beyond direct service to examine the underlying social systems that perpetuate inequalities and explore ways to dismantle these systems. We believe that critical service-learning is key to engaging student and community leaders who will positively transform our university and communities.

Resources:

PDF: Mitchell, T. D. (2008). Traditional vs. critical service-learning: Engaging the literature to differentiate two models. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 14(2), 50-65.

Stoecker, Randy. Liberating Service Learning and the Rest of Higher Education Civic Engagement. 2016. Print.

Faculty Seminar on Power, Privilege, and Community Engagement