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Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

The MSU Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE) supports MSU faculty and students by offering a variety of resources for community engaged teaching, learning and service. The center promotes a method of teaching called 'service-learning', which encourages students to develop their academic, personal, professional, and civic skills while making a positive difference by contributing to the common good of local, national, and international communities through service.

The CSLCE prepares students for meaningful community engagement in the following ways:

Service-Learning Placements to help students find academic service-learning and pre-professional volunteering opportunities at local hospitals through our online database (www.servelearnengage.msu.edu).

A Volunteer Matching System (via www.givegab.com) which enables students to easily find local volunteer opportunities, connect with community agencies, and log volunteer service hours. Contact us for more information on joining the MSU GiveGab community, or for assistance in setting up a free GiveGab account.

Service Resources and “Toolkits” which empowers students who want to create their own service projects or service-oriented trips. Our two newest digital toolkits are focused on planning a “Day of Service” and/or an “Alternative Spring Break” trip. Both toolkits are available as free downloads on our Web site (www.servicelearning.msu.edu).

Transportation assistance is offered to students, including a variety of resources including maps, free CATA bus tokens, and shuttle rides to select service sites in Greater Lansing.

Service-Learning Orientations are hosted throughout the semester, to help students learn more about the “Tools of Engagement” (http://tools.outreach.msu.edu) which are vital for meaningful and effective community engagement experiences.

Advisors are available to assist MSU service/civic-oriented registered student organizations. Our office has long-standing advising relationships with several prominent MSU student organizations (e.g., Alternative Spartan Breaks, Spartans Rebuilding Michigan, etc.) and we are eager to connect with and support other similar student groups.

Academic Consultants offer their educational expertise to help faculty and students identify and utilize high-impact teaching strategies to maximize service-learning outcomes.

Campus and Community Networking to help faculty, staff, students, and community agencies identify potential partnerships and connect with other like-minded campus/community members.

Voting Resources to promote MSU student voter registration, education, and participation in local, statewide, and national elections (youvote.msu.edu).

If you have questions, or would like more information about these CSLCE resources and services, please visit 345 Student Services Building, email servlrn@msu.edu, call 517-353-4400, or visit www.servicelearning.msu.edu.

The CSLCE is a jointly administered unit of the Office of the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services.