• Students working in an urban garden.

    Foster relationship skills

    Make connections with students, faculty and community members to create change

  • A student building a bicycle.

    Build and create

    Acquire the tools to solve problems and generate a stronger community

  • Experience different perspectives

    Learn about yourself, the world around you and need for civic responsibility

  • Have fun

    Interact with community members through play

Dedicated to creating a stronger and more inclusive community.

Students will:

  • Enhance critical thinking skills
  • Increase awareness about the importance of civic engagement
  • Promote feelings of empowerment
  • Build cultural awareness
  • Foster relationship skills 
  • Develop professional network

Service learning is a mutually beneficial endeavor in which course learning objectives are met by addressing community-identified needs--putting academics into practice. Projects require a minimum of 15 hours of service work outside the classroom and provide students with opportunities to be a part of the solution to challenges identified by our community partners. Service learning always includes a critical reflection of the experience and empowers community members, students and faculty to create change.

Interested in receiving a service learning course designation?



Service Continuity Update

March 25

By now, you have received multiple communications from President Montgomery and our Provost, Dr. Jennifer Bott, regarding the university’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. WMU remains open, as education is being offered at a distance for the remainder of spring semester and some services are being offered distance as well.

The move to distance education has caused most service learning opportunities to come to the end for the semester.

If you are a student who has a question about your service learning experience you should contact your instructor.

Staff are currently out of the office but checking messages regularly. You may call Shawn Tenney at (269) 387-2139 and leave a message or email directly. During this time, email is the most effective way for us to connect with you, and supporting you is our utmost priority. Please note that we will respond to your phone calls as soon as possible.

Your success is our top priority and we will do our best to serve your needs. Thank you for your patience and be well!

A group of WMU Seita Scholars in Lansing, Michigan. The students are celebrating and advocating for youth in foster care.

WMU Seita Scholars in Lansing

May 29

Students celebrated a decade of increased success in higher education for Michigan youth who've experienced foster care—and advocating for continued support.


Volunteer Information

Looking to engage in service outside of a class, have a volunteer opportunity you want posted for WMU Students, or want to speak with someone about a Community Engaged Learning opportunity?