Mission

The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, in partnership with local and global communities, advances student learning, leadership, and citizenship to prepare students for lives of active community engagement within a complex and changing world.

This preparation is grounded in an ethic of service that appreciates multiple perspectives, creates opportunities that are affirming and empowering to all, and responds to the needs of our diverse communities.

To fulfill this mission, the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement:

  • Fosters the development of student leadership through involvement in local and global communities.
  • Creates and supports collaborative and sustainable relationships between faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
  • Encourages creative solutions to social concerns and identified community needs.
  • Builds community capacity and faculty and staff engagement.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify as engaged citizens and scholars who partner with local, regional, national, and global communities to creatively impact society’s most pressing needs. (Self)
  • Understand and appreciate the need for justice, equity, and fairness for all members of a community. (Communities and Culture)
  • Consider and appreciate the value of diverse beliefs, ideas, and worldviews. (Communities and Culture)
  • Connect knowledge and experiences from their own academic discipline to their work with communities. (Knowledge)
  • Develop the necessary skills to be active citizens and informed leaders who contribute to our democracy. (Skills)
  • Learn how to explore and reflect on core personal values. (Values)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to work collaboratively with communities to advance the common good and reflect on the impact of one’s actions. (Public Action)