University of Vermont

Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning

Service-Learning News & Stories


CUPS Celebrates Faculty & Community Partners at Spring Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, April 16, CUPS honored faculty, students and community partners for their exceptional service-learning efforts. We were delighted to have service-learning expert Dr. Barbara Jacoby as the keynote speaker at the ceremony, held in Waterman Manor.

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U.S. Citizenship Course


Students, New Americans Learn from Each Other in U.S. Citizenship Course

When sophomore Eric Venezia decided to come to UVM to play goalie on the men’s soccer team he expected to make new friends and enjoy all of the experiences that come with college life. Befriending a 69-year-old man from Bhutan and helping him become an American citizen wasn’t one of them. 

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About CUPS

The Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service-Learning was founded to permanently house the Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning program, begun in 1999, which itself grew out of Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) in the Old North End of Burlington. Today CUPS has trained over 100 faculty in the pedagogy of service-learning, provides high-impact learning opportunities for students in every School and College, and serves as a voice for academic community engagement across the campus. Learn more about the history of service-learning at UVM.

What We Do

We work to create meaningful, sustainable, pedagogically rich opportunities for students to contribute to the community through the skills gained in their academic discplines. We mentor, train and consult; we designate courses, and offer grants, TA's and other incentives to support service-learning across campus. Review our faculty, student and community partner pages to learn more about our programs and services.

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