As an urban university, service-learning is part of Northeastern’s ethical mission.
But more than good works, service-learning at Northeastern is an academically rigorous experience. Through partnerships with schools, neighborhood agencies, health clinics, and nonprofit organizations, the university embeds service into academic course work. Students engage in hands-on service to address community needs, learning by applying course concepts to their experiences, and reflecting on those experiences back in the classroom.
As a few examples, service-learning in CSSH has come in the form of teaching urban youth how to cook healthy and affordable meals, building a website to document humanitarian projects in post-earthquake Haiti, and allocating real-dollar grants to local nonprofits that address social and economic challenges. Many of the Dialogue of Civilizations faculty-led summer programs also integrate service-learning into their curricula.
CSSH students also have valuable opportunities to broaden their knowledge, skills, and social awareness by volunteering in the community outside of their academic curriculum. The Northeastern Center of Community Service serves as a clearinghouse for service opportunities through its own programs and events, and partnerships with more than 225 community-based agencies and programs.