Lock Haven University’s MountainServe Center for Community Service partners with the students, staff, faculty, and community nonprofit agencies to enhance academic, personal, and professional development through community engagement experiences. Our office supports civic engagement activities, service learning programs, and community service projects to promote active and global citizenship for local, national, and global communities.
LHU has credit and non-credit bearing opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to engage in community engagement experiences. LHU students participate in community service initiatives for a number of reasons, often blurring the lines between services performed for class room learning, research, scholarship requirements, clinical skill building, and personal commitment. The education and development of students at Lock Haven University often go beyond the physical classroom setting with the desire to instill a commitment to lifelong learning and active citizenship.
Introduction of Terms
“Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern. Civic engagement can take many forms, from individual voluntarism to organizational involvement to electoral participation. It can include efforts to directly address an issue, work with others in a community to solve a problem or interact with the institutions of representative democracy. Civic engagement encompasses a range of specific activities such as working in a soup kitchen, serving on a neighborhood association, writing a letter to an elected official or voting. Indeed, an underlying principal of our approach is that an engaged citizen should have the ability, agency and opportunity to move comfortably among these various types of civic acts” Source: Michael Delli Carpini, Director, Public Policy, The Pew Charitable Trusts.
“Describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.” As defined bythe Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teachinghttp://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/descriptions/community_engagement.php
"Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service-learning is a structured learning experience that combines community service with preparation and reflection. Service learning provides college and university students with a “community context” to their education, allowing them to connect their academic coursework to their roles as citizens." Source: Toolkit for Service-Learning in Higher Education, Learn and Serve America’s National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, 2007. http://www.servicelearning.org/filemanager/download/HE_toolkit_with_worksheets.pdf
"Services which are identified by an institution of higher education, through formal or informal consultation with local nonprofit, governmental, and community-based organizations, as designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs, including: such fields as health care, child care, literacy training, education (including tutorial services), welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, crime prevention and control, recreation, rural development, and community improvement; work in service opportunities or youth corps (as defined in the National and Community Service Act of 1990) support services to students with disabilities; and activities in which a student serves as a mentor for such purposes as tutoring, supporting educational and recreational activities.” Source: Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, and the Higher Education Technical Amendments of 1993