Service Learning at MSJ

About

Mission: The mission of the Service Learning & Civic Engagement Office is cultivating partnerships among students, faculty, staff and community partners through meaningful service experiences, in order to impact communities, enhance critical thinking, personal development and social responsibility for all.
 
Vision: Our vision is for all students, faculty, staff, and community partners to engage in their communities and lead fulfilling civic lives.
 
Core Values:
  • Community impact and structural change
  • Lifelong commitments and partnerships
  • Learning through service and reflection
  • Human rights, social justice, and ethical leadership
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Fun

Contact Us

Staff: Keith Lanser, Associate Director of Service Learning & Civic Engagement, (513) 244-4634
 
Office Hours:  By appointment, but generally available between 8:30AM-5:00PM. 
 
Phone and Fax Numbers
  • Phone: (513) 244-4634
  • Fax: (513) 244-4509
  • Career and Experiential Education Center Phone: (513) 244-4888
Address
Career and Experiential Education Center
Mount St. Joseph University
Seton Center, 120
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati OH 45233

Service Learning at Mount St. Joseph

Service learning at Mount St. Joseph is defined as community service combined with academics and structured reflection. There are three kinds of service learning experiences offered at the Mount: 

  • Credit-bearing service learning. Students can attach a service learning credit to any of their courses with faculty permission (with a maximum of 3 service learning credits). Credit-bearing service learning requires 30 hours of community service, journals, and other requirements. See the service learning syllabus for the most recent semester to learn more about the requirements of the service learning program. Service learning credits are free (not billable), they fulfill our undergraduate experiential education requirement, and they count as leadership development opportunities in the Talent Opportunity Program. 
  • Project-based service learning. This is typically a project that requires 4-15 hours of community service for an entire class. Typically, students will get in groups to work on a deliverable for a nonprofit. This could be a class working on a series of videos, developing a volunteer manual, or creating a cookbook. The project that students work on must relate to the content of the course in which the project takes place. 
  • One-time service learning. This is usually 1-3 hours of community service, along with structured reflection. There must be a connection between the service performed and the content of the course. For example, students in COM 100 could volunteer in the community in groups, and then come back to campus to do a group presentation encouraging other students to get involved with the nonprofit that they served with.

If you represent a nonprofit organization, and if you are interested in collaborating with Mount St. Joseph University students on a service learning project, please contact Keith Lanser, associate director of service learning & civic engagement, at keith.lanser@msj.edu or call 513-244-4634 to get started. He will send you an agency agreement form and a community partner sheet to fill out. Once those have been completed, your organization will be considered a community partner "in good standing." 

If you are a faculty member interested in incorporating service learning into one or more of your courses, review the service learning faculty guide found on this page, and then reach out to Keith Lanser at keith.lanser@msj.edu or 513-244-4634 to begin planning. Service learning projects typically are planned the semester before they are facilitated. 

If you are a student who is interested in attaching a service learning credit to one of your courses, reach out to Keith Lanser at keith.lanser@msj.edu or 513-244-4634 to schedule a service learning intake appointment. 

Welcome Week Service Day

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A guide on our item drive for Bethany House

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Instructions on how to create your video for the 2020 Welcome Week Service Day

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Suggested books to record as part of our 2020 Welcome Week Service Day. 

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Talent share videos and book readings

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Service Learning

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Describes all service learning requirements and due dates for the semester. It also has all of the things that will need to be turned in by the end of the semester (hours log, instructor check in meeting half sheet, and self-guided reflection activity). 

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Service learning students need to turn this in by the end of the semester. 

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A directory of the Mount's service learning community partners. 

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Learn about service learning & civic engagement at MSJ.

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To be used during the first two weeks of classes to promote the credit-bearing service learning program. 

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Approved Sep 2014

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Required in order to complete any experiential education activity

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All community partners must fill out this form before accepting service learning students. 

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Volunteer opportunities with standing service learning community partners. 

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2020 Census

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Guidance for college students on how to participate in the 2020 census. All US citizens are legally required to participate in the census. 

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Office Annual Reports

Social Justice Forums

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From our Social Justice Forum on Student Hunger and Student Homelessness, which was facilitated on 09/21/2020. 

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Facilitated on 09/10/2020

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Service Learning & COVID-19

2020 Census

Virginia Hyer from the U.S. Census Bureau's Public Information Office explains that college students that normally live at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily living somewhere else due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Use this site to respond to the 2020 census. All US citizens are required by law to participate in the 2020 census. 

National and Local Service Learning Resources

National organization that promotes service learning and civic engagement in higher education. 

MSJ is an Ohio Campus Compact member institution in good standing.