Western's Center for Service-Learning, which bridges WWU faculty and students to community organizations for collaboration, helped thousands of students engage in meaningful partnerships through their classes.
A total of 214 courses at Western included a service-learning component in 2014-15, with 4,367 students completing a total of 82,701 hours in service-learning activities.
In the community, 190 organizations partnered with students and faculty at Western.
Some of these projects included:
- Viking Launch, an early move-in program that included opportunities for academic credit as well as service-learning. Ninety-five first-year students and five student leaders participated in two Viking Launch Day of Service sessions, volunteering for a total of 315 hours with eight community partner organizations.
- National Days of Service, with a total of 68 volunteers and 218 hours of service during Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Earth Day.
Other highlights from the center in 2014-15:
- The Center for Service-Learning facilitated 50 hours of community building training by the Pomegranate Center for 24 people, including community members.
- The center began a long-term partnership with the Birchwood Neighborhood Association to help meet the neighborhood's revitalization goals.
- The center hired an intern to conduct research into improving access to study abroad programs for under-served student populations.
- The Center for Service-Learning received $78,748 in private funding, including a $52,745 in kind grant from Washington Campus Compact Americorps/Vista. and $10,000 from donor scholarships for international study abroad trips.