Voices

I know that when I apply for a job, I can use my service learning experience to showcase my ability to apply theory to real world situations. More importantly, what I understand about my community has grown with my participation in service learning at CSU Stanislaus. It is extremely important to be connected to one's community, and service learning gives students an opportunity to make that connection.

- Gabriela Nuo, CSU Stanislaus Early Assessment Program / Admissions Counselor and former service learning student

This experience has enhanced what I have learned and has given depth and meaning to the sociological theories I have studied. No longer can I drive down the street and ignore the human beings that I see pushing a shopping cart. Now I make eye contact and wonder if he will be safe tonight, where he can find food and if I may see him tomorrow.

- Peggy Stepro, CSU Stanislaus Master of Social Work student and former service learning student

Service projects play a significant role in their educational and personal development while giving back to the community. As students apply concepts learned in the class to real world settings, another level of learning takes place. Opportunities for learning and insight, both professionally and personally, that cannot be simulated, routinely occur when they put their knowledge to work in the community. Tangential to learning theories and facts, a university education should inspire critical thinking, promote the acquisition of technical skills, and connect students to communities. Devising the preferred course of action in less than perfect decision making conditions inspires critical thought and innovation.

- Professor David Colnic, Department of Politics and Public Administration

Service learning gives our students real-life experiences that help them choose a career path, that enrich their resumes when they apply for jobs, and that help them develop empathy with an understanding of some of the people they will be working with in criminal justice.

- Professor Phyllis Gerstenfeld, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice