Service Learning

Community connection and understanding are important skills for all college students to develop. You can impact the community while developing skills that can set you apart after graduation. Forbes indicates that job seekers have a better chance of employment after committing time to service opportunities. US News & World Report says that such work bolsters admissions chances to graduate schools like medical school.

USD believes that community impact and connection play a significant role in any liberal arts experience. Therefore, service-learning can be found across campus.

Service-Learning is a high-impact educational practice that combines community service with structured opportunities for learning. Students and faculty engaged in community-based service-learning projects provide relevant and meaningful service to the community, extend learning beyond the traditional classroom environment and deepen their understanding of complex social issues.

Service Learning Objectives

  • Provide real-world experiences
  • Promote leadership skills and personal growth
  • Meet actual community needs
  • Foster civic responsibility
  • Provide opportunities to investigate career options


Contact Kim Albracht ( for questions about service-learning.