Connecting with Rockhurst
Rockhurst students give over 30,000 hours of service each year to approximately 150 organizations both in Kansas City and back in the students’ home communities. The Center for Service Learning provides clearinghouse services to nonprofit organizations and schools in Kansas City to market potential service opportunities to Rockhurst students and Rockhurst student organizations. Please let the Center for Service Learning know of service opportunities – both episodic and ongoing – at your organization. While the Center is unable to guarantee placement, staff will notify students in a variety of different ways. The Center for Service Learning adheres to all University policies and procedures to ensure a nondiscriminatory learning environment.
Interested in Participating in Service-Learning?
Working with students and faculty for service-learning differs from working with volunteers. Here are some tips to planning effective service-learning projects. They are organized to provide a series of steps in working with the Center for Service Learning and faculty members to plan service-learning projects. Most of the steps can take place during one meeting with a commitment to follow-up on next steps.
- Begin with timing — what timetable of planning and projects works for you and with the academic calendar?
- Identify potential activities students could undertake for the organization
- Determine the amount of time students will spend on service-learning projects
- Identify objectives for student learning based on the service-learning
- Delineate responsibilities for supervising students while at the community organization
- Discuss the academic calendar and community organization’s timeline
- Determine how many students your organization can supervise — consider student availability and your organization’s hours of operation
- Talk about potential risks and how they might be managed
- Clearly articulate desired outcomes, roles and expectations of each partner --- community organization, faculty and students
- Identify appropriate contacts and communication modes for keeping partners informed of progress and for handling challenges that may arise
- Have orientation sessions specific to the service-learning project
- Put it in writing!