Pathways to Partnership
Below are the most common service-learning course designs used by SF State faculty.
Service-Learning Placement: Students as Volunteers/Interns
In many service-learning courses, faculty members inform their students to refer to ICCE to assist them in finding a service site. Individual students or groups of students fill volunteer roles at your organization, usually offering 3-5 hours per week throughout the semester for a total of 20-40 hours of service (depending on the course requirements and the needs of the service site) over a 10 -15 week time period. Through structured reflection activities, such as discussion, written/reading assignments, faculty members guide students to understand how their community experiences link with the academic and civic learning objectives of the course.
How to Connect:
- Connect with our Community Partnerships Coordinator to discuss potential connections with each semester's course offerings.
- Register with our community engagement/connections database, ULink to become a University Partner. Through ULink, you will be able to post and advertise available service opportunities.
Service-Learning Project: Engage Specific Courses in Projects
Some faculty members facilitate projects in collaboration with community partners. Students may work together to generate a product over a 10-15 week period. Examples of past collaborations had design students generate graphics and a website for a community partner and students in an urban poverty and policy course partnered with the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco to conduct field survey’s and qualitative interviews with people experiencing homelessness on where and why people without stable housing find shelter and access the things they need to survive and feel safe. Students apply their academic knowledge to real-world problems and organizations get a concrete product that advances the mission of the organization.
How to Connect:
- Connect with our Community Partnerships Coordinator to discuss potential connections to identify appropriate faculty members for whom the project would be a logical fit.
- Projects require some lead time and preparation, so please contact ICCE early -- at least three months before the start of the project.
- Some faculty announce a call for proposal in an effort to recruit community partners to collaborate with their students, ICCE will then forward this information to our community partners via email.
- Register with our community engagement/connections database, ULink to become a University Partner.