Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center


Service-learning is a learning experience that combines service with the community with structured preparation and reflection opportunities. Service opportunities are tied to academic coursework and address concerns that are identified and articulated by the community.

As students engage in service-learning, they learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their roles as community members.

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Service-Learning This Quarter

Self Placement Positions

  • Complete the Self-Placement Form
    Self-placements can be used to meet the service-learning requirement for your course IF you have a pre-existing volunteer relationship with a non-profit or government organization, AND the nature of your service work aligns with the learning goals of your course. Self-placement forms for Winter quarter are due on Friday, April 10.



Special Circumstances

  • Download Acknowledgement of Risk Form – this form is for those that missed online registration and or those that are under 18.  The Carlson Center must receive a signed copy of this form before you begin volunteering at a service-learning site.

Spring Quarter 2015 Service-Learning Timeline

Service Learning Registration April 1st-6th Please visit Expo, UW’s service-learning database to complete registration.
Service-Learning Workshop for International Students(in Mary Gates 171) April 3rd 1:30-3:00 Topics covered include:

  • How to register online for service-learning
  • Factors to consider when choosing a service-learning site
  • Reaching out to and communicating with a service-learning supervisor
  • Getting to the service-learning site using public transportation
Self-Placement Forms April 10th Students who use pre-existing volunteer activity to meet course service-learning requirements must review information and complete the self placement form.
Service-Learning Orientation(at your service site) April 6th-10th Contact your site supervisor for orientation details. Orientations should, in most cases, be complete by January 16th so that you can begin your service shortly thereafter.
Pre-Service Workshops(in Mary Gates 171) April 6th 3:30-5:00 The Pre-Service Workshop will provide students with a basic overview of service-learning fundamentals including building reciprocal relationships, approaching community work from an asset-based perspective, and exhibiting professionalism in their work with community organizations.
April 7th 2:00-3:30
April 8th 3:00-4:30
April 9th 2:30-4:00
April 10th 2:30-4:00
Mid-Quarter Check-Ins Week of April 27th Emails sent to you, and to your site supervisors, to ensure service-learning is off to a good start.
Service-Learning Evaluations
(from service organizations)
Due June 5th *Students are NOT responsible for completing or ensuring that end of quarter evaluations are submitted*The Carlson Center asks service organizations to complete electronic evaluations of your participation in service-learning during the quarter (though reminders to your site supervisor can be helpful!).
Student Service-Learning Surveys Due June 12th The Carlson Center asks students to complete electronic surveys at the end of the quarter, reflecting on their service-learning experience.