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Service-Learning @ Trinity

If you’ve just surfed in from Trinity, you might be asking yourself, What Is Service-Learning? This website is here to (try to) answer that question as well as to provide resources for Trinity Students, Faculty, and Community Partners to use as we work together to strengthen our Northeast DC community through engaging in community-based learning together.

Major funding for Trinity’s Service-Learning Program is provided by the DC-Area CoRAL Network, and be sure to check out our Recent Press.

If you’d like to meet all the partners involved in service-learning at Trinity, be sure to check out our Community Partners, our Faculty, our Staff, and Campus Ministry.

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125 Michigan Ave. NE
Main 487
Washington, DC 20017

Phone: 202-884-4696

Service-Learning and Social Change

Service-learning is a concept that is often misunderstood. We define it as . . . “[P]articipation in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflects on service activity as a means of gaining a deeper understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.”

Source: A Service Learning Curriculum for Faculty

Service-Learning . . . places equal emphasis on service and learning as educational requirements. Service-learning combines a course-based, credit-bearing, educational experience in which students provide service (as defined by the community-based organizations) and reflect on the service activity as a means of gaining a better understanding of course content.

It is a pedagogy that allows students to test theories with real life experiences. Students are assessed not for performing a public service, but rather for their reflective and analytical ability to apply the course material to their service experience.

Community Based Research is . . . an extension of service-learning. In CBR projects, service primarily focuses on the provision of research and advocacy for community based organizations.

Source: PowerPoint Presentation by Dr. Roxana Moayedi. Download the PowerPoint Presentation.

For more extensive information on service-learning and CBL, go to “What Is Service-Learning?


Trinity Office of Service-Learning and Community-Based Learning and Research, 487 Main Hall
Roxana Moayedi, Faculty Director, (202) 884-9266, moayedir@trinitydc.edu

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