If you are interested in working with one of UVM's academic service-learning courses, here is the place to start. Service-learning is a reciprocal partnership between community organizations, professors and students. Students engage in work that benefits a community organization, while faculty provide a structure for accountability to the project or service that helps students learn from their experience.

Students doing work as part of service-learning partnerships may engage in:

  • Direct service → i.e. working with people: tutoring, mentoring, planting gardens, etc.
  • Indirect service → i.e. sorting food, measuring trees, collecting GPS data, etc.
  • Consultant-type services → i.e. producing deliverables: marketing plans, policy papers, educational campaigns, engineering designs, etc.
  • Research → i.e. data collection & analysis: interviewing staff, volunteers or clients; studying comparable organizations elsewhere; statistical analysis of existing data sets, etc.

 

Examples of Community Partnerships

  • king street youth center

    King St. Youth Center and the College of Education & Social Services

    Gabriella Tufo-Strouse, Volunteer Coordinator of the King Street Youth Center, and Alan Tinkler, Assistant Professor in the Education Dept., earned the Engaged Partnership Award from Vermont Campus Compact. Alan and Gabriella have empowered King Street to require high-caliber partnerships and bring UVM students into the critical work of supporting New Americans in Vermont.

    King St. Partnership >>

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Community Partner Roles & Responsibilities

As part of the reciprocal partnership with faculty and students, community partners may be asked to:

  • help design the project, and/or create a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the faculty member
  • provide necessary training to students implementing the project
  • supervise students on-site
  • provide feedback to students on projects or performance
  • attend final presentations of projects
  • provide feedback to faculty on student participation

If you are interested in working with a service-learning course from UVM, or with individual students as part of a service-learning internship, please contact us at partners@uvm.edu. We are always happy to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Community Partner Feedback

Community feedback is crucial as we work to offer both students and partners a positive and mutually-beneficial experience.

If you or your organization are...

  • partnering with a service-learning course at UVM
  • hosting a student internship
  • working with students engaged in research

...we'd love to hear from you about the experience!

Please send any reflections, questions, or concerns to partners@uvm.edu.

 

Questions for Community Partners

Below are some examples of the questions we typically ask community members and organizations who are partnered with UVM service-learning courses:

  • How did you connect with this particular course?
  • Did you or your organization help to determine the project undertaken by the class?
  • Did you have enough discussion in preparing to work with the class to understand...
    • The scope and scale of the intended project?
    • Student skills and ability levels?
    • Desired learning goals for the students?
  • Did you have sufficient information about these or other issues at the start of the project?
  • Were the students professional, knowledgeable and responsible?
  • Were there any logistical challenges in working with the students?
  • Did the students’ work and/or deliverables provided meet your expectations?
  • Do you feel the students were adequately prepared for or supported in their service-learning work?
  • Could you briefly describe the impact of the students’ work on your programs or activities?