Service Learning

Learn. Serve. Engage.

The Elmhurst University Service Learning program provides opportunities for students and faculty to connect on-campus learning with service to the local, national or global community.

Service Learning furthers the University’s mission of preparing students “for meaningful and ethical contributions to a diverse, global society” by bridging the gap between theory and practice, the individual and the community.

A survey conducted by the Service Learning program in the fall of 2021 indicated that 91% of Elmhurst University undergraduate students feel “a responsibility to serve the community.” This program provides possibilities for bringing these feelings of responsibility to life.

Benefits of Service Learning

Participating in Service Learning completes the circle between giving and receiving. Students who participate:

  • Examine their personal capacity and desire to serve others.
  • Reflect upon their relationship to the communities in which they engage.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and respect for cultural differences.
  • Practice behaviors necessary for responsible citizenship.

There is so much we can learn from others if we open our eyes and our hearts.

—Grace M.

Community Partners

Community partners welcoming Elmhurst University service learners include organizations which prompt reflection in a variety of areas including:

  • Animal Care
  • Arts and Culture
  • Civic Engagement
  • Education and Literacy
  • Environmental Justice
  • Global Challenges
  • Health and Well-being
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Older Adults
  • People with Disabilities
  • Social Justice

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Featured Articles

Illustration of Hammerschmidt Chapel with different flags

Exodus World Service Highlight

Elmhurst students work to welcome refugees. Read all about it in Prospect, the magazine of Elmhurst University.

A close-up of children's books lined up on bookshelves.

Spotlight on the York Literacy Project

Elmhurst students are powering young kids’ passion for literacy. Read all about it in Prospect, the magazine of Elmhurst University.

Allison Skiple

Allison Skiple ’23 Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant

Allison Skiple ’23 was awarded a 2022 Literacy Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Skiple was one of only 13 applicants nationwide to receive the award.

Hailey Nicholas

Honors Student Named a Newman Civic Fellow

Hailey Nicholas ’23 was among 173 students in the U.S. and Mexico named 2022 Newman Civic Fellows. The program recognizes students committed to creating positive change.

Elmhurst University student Hannah Bacon holds a sign that says "Vote in November 2020."

Hannah Bacon ’22 Helps Students Find Their Voice

Hannah Bacon ’22 led a civic engagement initiative through the Service Learning Program that centers on the election process.

Featured Blog Post

What is service learning? An educational system combining theory in the classroom with real-world community service.

What Is Service Learning?

November 25, 2019 | 3 Minute Read

Mary B. Walsh, Ph.D.

Director, Service Learning; Chair and Professor, Political Science
Department of Political Science

Michelle Reidy

Senior Administrative Assistant, School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Coordinator, Service Learning; Administrative Assistant, Department of Communication and Media
Department of Communication and Media

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