USD’s Gallagher Center for Experiential Learning & Education Abroad (GC) provides students with opportunities to enroll in service learning courses, travel and serve on alternative break trips, participate in National Days of Service or simply volunteer your time with a local community agency.
GC encourages faculty members to offer service learning opportunities for students by supporting community-based projects. More information for faculty about community-based learning and research is available in the myUSD Portal.
Serve Others, While Learning About Yourself
The courses that include service learning components vary from semester to semester. Course examples include:
- SUST 111: Sustainable Society
- SUST 489: Sustainability Capstone
- DCOM 423: Aural Rehabilitation
- HSC 110: The Interprofessional Health Team
- CJUS 450: Justice and Compassion
- MGMT 352: Business Service Learning Experience
The Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning (AWOL) program sponsors opportunities for service learning including alternative breaks during the university's winter, spring and summer breaks, as well as, monthly alternative weekends during the academic year.
Breaks and Weekends with Purpose
AWOL alternative break participants travel locally, nationally and internationally in groups of 8-15 students to engage in service projects and gain new perspectives on social issues while meeting community needs.
The alternative weekends of service are monthly events led by USD students either locally in Vermillion or within the region. It's a great way to ease your way into service by going with a friend or roommate to learn more about a social issue, local organizations and how they serve communities and AWOL.
AWOL alternative breaks include five weeks of pre-departure training to get to know your group and begin exploring the social issue through educational curriculum. While on site, participants learn through hands-on service and reflection.
Make your weekends and breaks meaningful and memorable by learning more about pressing social issues such as education, sustainability, community development or healthcare at a location around South Dakota, the country or abroad.
Serve & Learn
AWOL Serve and Learn is a unique opportunity offered exclusively to incoming first-year students. Participants have the opportunity to move in to their rooms early and learn more about USD and the Vermillion area from upper-class students who hold leadership positions throughout campus. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the non-profit organizations that serve the Vermillion area and how you can get involved in community service while at USD. Participants will also tour campus, find out where their classrooms are and discover things to do in Vermillion.
USD's AWOL program is a member of the national Break Away organization. Through our membership we can connect with other active citizens on campuses across the country in leadership and service opportunities.
For questions, more information or to sign-up, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome partnerships with community agencies for service learning and civic engagement projects, National Days of Service and other efforts. If you would like to learn about opportunities to collaborate, please contact email@example.com.
We welcome input from our community partners regarding your experiences with service learning and civic engagement projects.
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