ACADEMIC SERVICE LEARNING
Service Learning Course:
The Division of Student Affairs offers a 4-credit course through the Interdisciplinary Studies program entitled, Fundamentals of Service Learning (IDI1100). This course examines the sociological, psychological, and interpersonal aspects of service learning. As a cohort of students, the group examines how service learning occurs, what happens, and how it can be made better. Utilizing the social capital lens, students look at how an environment impacts the way service learning is done, and how it is viewed by members of society. In addition to weekly class meetings, the students perform service opportunities with campus stakeholders. Students take part with groups including Great Potential and CASA Purchase. Both organizations provide hands-on service learning experiences, that students discuss through intricate class reflections. Service projects in this course include designing and presenting interactive workshops to students in local middle and high schools, assisting with conversations of English Language Learners, and participating in campus-wide achievement programs.
Students have stated that the service learning courses has “provided me with a cool chance to work with students…and help them realize college can be a thing for them” (Student, Fall 2014). Also students stated, “this class changed my perspective on living [in Westchester] and how experiences are based on so much more than what is on the surface” (Student, Fall 2014).
If you are interested in the Service Learning course, or becoming involved with any of the organizations listed, you can contact the instructor, Thomas Gelok at Thomas.Gelok@purchase.edu.