Hilbert College students travel to the Dominican Republic for a service learning trip.

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Have a question about the Office of Service Learning & Community Engagement?

Contact:

Rachel Wozniak
Director of Service Learning & Community Engagement
Center for Student Involvement & Leadership

Franciscan Hall, Room 102
716-926-8929
rwozniak@hilbert.edu

 
 

Service Learning Committee

The Service Learning Committee is an integral part of Hilbert College's service-learning efforts. Members of the Committee help identify priorities for service-learning, serve as faculty liaisons to other faculty members and community organizations, and support professional development. Committee membership is not restricted to faculty; staff members are welcome and encouraged to serve on the committee. 

Committee Members:
Dr. Julie Kusmierz, Psychology
Dr. David Reis, Religious Studies
Prof. Dan Roland, Business Administration
Dr. Amy Smith, English
Ms. Rachel Wozniak, Service Learning & Community Engagement

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Service Learning

"Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities." 
~ Learn and Serve America

At Hilbert, our dedication to our community is strong.  All incoming students enrolled in traditional undergraduate programs are required to complete service learning as part of an academic course in order to graduate.  This commitment made by administration and faculty reinforces the importance of the connection made through service in educating our students and increasing their understanding of society. 

Hilbert believes that service is an integral part of creating a well-rounded college experience for our students.  Nestled in the sophomore year of our Hilbert Blueprint, service learning provides an opportunity for our students to embrace the college’s mission and values while strengthening our communities. 

Fall 2021 Service Learning Courses

CJ 335/1: Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice, Dr. Y. Downes
CJ 335/2: Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice, Dr. Y. Downes
EN 205/1: Survey of World Literature I, Prof. T. Kazmark
EN 313/1: The Novel, Dr. M. Witzleben
FS 318/1: Special Topics in Forensic Science I, Prof. C. Reilly Nowak
FS 318/2: Special Topics in Forensic Science I, Prof. C. Reilly Nowak
HON 105/1: Freshman/Sophomore Honors Colloquium, Dr. A. Smith
HON 305/1: Junior Honors Colloquium, Dr. A. Smith
HS 101/1: Introduction to Human Services, Prof. C. Kumiega
HS 203/1: Introduction to Counseling, Prof. C. Kumiega
HS 210/1: Human Services Methods, Dr. J. Kusmierz
RS 202/1: Religion and Social Justice, Dr. D. Reis
RS 206/1: Franciscanism, Dr. A. Smith
SIM 410/1: Sports Events Operations Management, Prof. D. Roland

Spring 2022 Service Learning Courses

COM 460/1: Persuasive Campaigns, Dr. D. Vincent
FS 318/1: Special Topics in Forensic Science I, Prof. C. Reilly Nowak
FS 318/ 2: Special Topics in Forensic Science I, Prof. C. Reilly Nowak
GS 160/1: Introduction to Leadership, Dr. A. Smith/ R. Wozniak
GS 201/ 1: Service Learning & Civic Engagement, Dr. A. Smith
HS 101/1: Introduction to Human Service, Prof. C. Kumiega
HS 203/ 1: Introduction to Counseling, Prof. C. Kumiega
HS 332/1: Marriage and the Family, Dr. J. Kusmierz
PSY 203 /1: Adolescence , Dr. J. Kusmierz
PSY 203 /2: Adolescence , Dr. J. Kusmierz
PSY 332 /1: Marriage and the Family, Dr. J. Kusmierz
PSY 351 /1: Positive Psychology, Dr. J. Kusmierz
SO 102/1: Social Inquiry & Activism, Dr. J. Hoffman
SO 201/1: Social Problems, Dr. Y. Downes
SO 201/2: Social Problems, Dr. Y. Downes
SO 332/1: Marriage and the Family, Dr. J. Kusmierz

 

Excerpts from Student Reflections

 "It is the practical exercises, the hands-on experiences, and the knowledge of physically performing the task in a ‘real world’ setting that will last a lifetime. Yes, learning in a classroom is vital, but [taking] what has been taught in the class, and using it in a practical manner soon after it is taught, to me completes the lesson."

 - Student in MA 135: Mathematical Applications, Community Partner: Hamburg Meals on Wheels


 "Through the service work . . . performed at Mental Health Peer Connection, my desire to obtain my four-year degree in human services and then move forward toward a master's degree in counseling is no longer a dream, it is the opportunity that is waiting for me down the educational and vocational path of success. Service learning is a great opportunity to research career opportunities and personal growth."

- Student in HS 101: Intro to Human Services, Community Partner: Peer Mental Health Connection