800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 293031-864-503-5000
What is a Community Partner?A community partner is a nonprofit, government agency, school district or potentially a for-profit company whose mission is to meet identified community needs. Community partners collaborate with students, faculty and staff to provide one-time or continual
volunteer opportunities; as well as serve as co-educators by working directly with faculty members to provide high quality service-learning opportunities for USC Upstate students on a semester basis.
Service-learning at USC Upstate is defined as a method of
teaching and learning that integrates student participation in organized
service activities into credit-bearing courses. By collaboratively addressing
identified community needs with a community partner, the service experience
enhances student learning by providing an opportunity to observe, test and
apply discipline-based theories, concepts and skills. The academic context
enriches the service experience by raising questions about real world issues
and by providing a forum to reflect upon them. Further, service-learning is a
mechanism to achieve a broader appreciation of the discipline, to sharpen
problem solving skills and to develop an enhanced sense of civic responsibility (Approved
by Faculty Senate, 02/20/2015).
is Community Engagement?Community
Engagement is described as the collaborative relationship between institutions
of higher education and their broader communities (local, regional/state,
national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and
resources, in a context of partnership and reciprocity. Community Engagement
can consist of one day service projects, assistance with campaigns and much
How can I request students for service-learning or volunteer
projects?Please fill out the volunteer request form found on our page.
You may also contact the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 864-503-5433.
Center for International Studies
Center for Research and Scholarship Support
Center for Teaching Excellence & Learning
Metropolitan Studies Institute
Dr. Abraham Goldberg
Director of Service-Learning and Community Engagement
Associate Professor of Political Science Campus Life Center 202864-503-5670
Associate Director of Metropolitan EngagementAdmin 326F864-503-7366
Heather RossiVolunteer Program CoordinatorCampus Life Center, 202864-503-5106
Charlie LaferAmeriCorps VISTA Campus Life Center, 202864-503-7200
Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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