Mission and Goals

The Office of Service-Learning’s mission is to engage regional communities, Western Michigan University, and its’ student body in a mutually beneficial, innovative learning and service enterprise for the purpose of mobilizing knowledge, talents, and energies to benefit the greater community.

We strive to accomplish the following:

  • Serve as a campus resource to facilitate the implementation of service-learning and community-based co-curricular learning.
  • Effectively match academic and professional development with needs identified by community stakeholders for the purpose of transitioning classroom learning into practical, professional experience.
  • Advocate for the incorporation of service-learning toward the advancement of student competencies, such as effective writing and communication, the University's goal to achieve the mandate of universal service-learning and regional constituencies such as public schools and nonprofit agencies.
  • Coordinate activities between, and build community among, WMU service-learning stakeholders, while seeking to enlarge this pool.
  • Provide students with opportunities to engage with for-profit sites to stimulate experiential learning and workforce development.
  • Create reflection structures that provide a contextual framework to challenge and interrogate theoretical, stereotypical and preconceived as students experience their community.
  • Capture participation of alumni, community members, and fellow students in order to exchange and enhance scholarship.