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. Critical community engagement seeks to “deconstruct systems of power so the need for service and the inequalities that create and sustain them are dismantled” (Mitchell, 2008).
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.