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Service Learning and Experiential Education

Service learning is "a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. Reflection and reciprocity are key concepts of service learning" (Jacoby, Service-Learning in Higher Education, 1996). 

Service learning has long been a core mission of American higher education. QC’s motto, ‘We learn so that we may serve’, underscores the commitment our College has made to this national tradition. While operational definitions for service learning vary, current conceptualizations of these efforts define service learning as a method of teaching, learning, and reflecting that combines academic classroom curriculum with meaningful community service. Service learning enriches the learning and teaching experience, encourages civic engagement, and strengthens communities (Eyler, Giles, Stenson, and Grey, 2001).

To begin a dialogue about service learning, we organized a colloquium on service learning, held on November 15, 2011, with a special appearance by Provost James Stellar and guest presenters:

  • Joe Bertolino (VP for Student Affairs)
  • Grace Davie (History)
  • Alice Sardell (Urban Studies)
  • Christina Calixte and Jonathan Vazcones (Student Leaders)
  • The panel will be moderated by Emanuel Avila (Student Affairs).



 November 15, 2011 Podcast



 Service Learning Contacts


Two offices at Queens College are central in service learning and experiential education:

Yasemin Jones,
Office of the Provost

Emanuel Avila,
Student Affairs


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