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What is Service Learning?

The Service Learning Program at Wilmington College aims to engage students, faculty and staff in responsible and challenging actions for the common good. These actions foster the development of personal values, social responsibility and a sense of caring for others.

The Service Learning Program embraces the College's Quaker heritage and its mission to “develop in each student effective ways of knowing and learning, an awareness of the world and the value of truth and justice.” Furthermore, the program supports the college's mission to develop students who have a “commitment to peace making, social justice, humanitarian service, and respect for all persons.” In addition, the program strives to provide opportunities that help students translate their interest in service and social awareness into "real world" experience.

What are the benefits and possible outcomes of Service Learning?

  • Enriched learning
  • Skill development
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Feeling of “making a difference”
  • Broadened horizons
  • Application of classroom knowledge
  • Understanding and appreciation of people with diverse backgrounds and life situations
  • Ethical and moral development
  • Realistic ideas about the world of work
  • Contacts for future job possibilities
  • Exploration of a college major
  • Insight, understanding the nuances that can't be fully explained in a book or lecture but are often the most important things to know.

How can I participate?

1. Schedule a meeting with Annie O'Neill to discuss service learning options or ideas for inclusion in your course.

2. Check out the Center for Service Learning Resource Library for a number of ideas on service inclusion in the classroom such as the award winning monographs by Ed Zlotkowski and a variety of books, articles and videos. View our resource titles now.

Contact info:

Wilmington College main number: (937) 382-6661
Coordinator of Service Learning Program
Tara Lydy, ext. 261


AmeriCorps* VISTA Service Leader
Allyssa Benson , ext. 306