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Service Learning Program

At MSU Denver, service learning is defined as a form of experiential learning in which students combine classroom experience with community-based service that:

  • Meets an identified community need,
  • Provides a structured opportunity for students to reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content,
  • Balances student goals and community goals through collaborative development of course content and service opportunity, and
  • Engages students in structured preparation for, participation in, and reflection on the service experience.

Are you currently engaged in service learning?

Faculty who engage in service learning activities are strongly encouraged to keep us in the loop. Please Report Your Service Learning Activities.  In addition to tracking your projects, we can offer support and advice on issues like MSU Denver's Workers' Comp policy and Liability Insurance.  If you are doing community-based research, you may also need to obtain IRB approval. Visit their website for more information.

Service Learning Designation

The Service Learning Designation provides official recognition for classes that meet specific criteria for utilizing a service learning pedagogy. Learn more about the Service Learning Designation.  

Funding Opportunities

Check out opportunities for funding: Service Learning Mini-Grants, Designation Incentive Grants, and Community-based Research Grants. 


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