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Loyola students spent spring semester serving, learning

Loyola press release - June 1, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans students spent more than 9,000 hours this spring volunteering for local nonprofit agencies in conjunction with 26 different service learning courses.

Service learning is the integration of service, advocacy or community-based learning experiences into academic course work. Loyola’s Office of Service Learning partners with nonprofit agencies that provide a variety of services to the New Orleans community and also with university faculty who design classes.

The result? Meaningful, impactful learning experiences which bring academic subjects to life by connecting them to community issues.

This spring,

  • 336 students participated in course-based service learning activities.
  • 48 agencies partnered with Loyola’s service learning program, representing the following areas: law, environment, education (including early childhood), elder services, community development, neighborhood centers, cultural and local heritage preservation sites, health, criminal justice, disability services, language access and accounting.
  • 26 unique service learning courses were offered in nine departments, spanning diverse subjects such as accounting and Spanish.
  • Students spent a total of 9,225 hours on service learning activities for these courses, representing a volunteer investment worth $171,216.

Service Learning Director Kelly Brotzman said she is proud of the program and levels of participation.

“We are so pleased with these numbers,” Brotzman said. “They tell us a lot about the dedication of our faculty and students. As a Jesuit university, we’re committed to the idea that academic learning is relevant to the common good. This becomes tangible in service learning.”

For more information on service learning, contact Brotzman at 504-865-2282 or kbrotzma@loyno.edu, or e-mail the OSL at sl@loyno.edu.

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