UMass CESL promotes learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.

Getting Started with Service-Learning

"Everyone can be great because anyone can serve."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every semester, over one thousand UMass Amherst students engage in service- learning.  Through service-learning, students apply what they are learning in the classroom to their work with community organizations.  In turn, their experience with the community partners helps to inform their studies.

Like these students, you may become involved in service at some point during your college career.  You may do service for credit in a course, as part of a fraternity/sorority or religious group, through a Federal Work-Study job, or just on your own. 

If you're considering doing service, this section of our website is just for you!

If you'd rather just talk in person, the staff at the Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning is available to help you maneuver through this process every Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.  Come in, or send us an email and we'll do our best to answer your questions and help you get involved!

For examples of service-learning experiences, take a look at the stories from civic engagement and service-learning students below:

Architecture student Katie Elliott's experience in a Service-Learning course led her to rethink her career trajectory

The Boltwood Project connects over 100 students per semester with community members with disabilites

Students in Prof. Leidner's psychology course share their learning about genocide in Sudan with the campus