The department of Community Service-Learning (CS-L) was founded in 1986 by JMU faculty members, Cecil Bradfield (Sociology) and Ann Myers (Social Work). The concept originated from the belief that service is the at heart of higher education. Partnerships between the University and the community serve as the foundation of all programs. These partnerships are based on joint contributions toward meeting the mutual needs of all involved. Service-Learning partnerships improve the quality of life in the entire community, create shared understanding, make learning come alive and prepare students for lifelong community service and civic engagement. CS-L is driven by the collective ideas and development of community members, students, faculty and the mission of JMU.
Community Service-Learning prepares the JMU community to be educated and enlightened citizens committed to positive social change by providing reflective experiential opportunities with diverse community partners.
Service Learning Goals
- To link academic learning objectives with intentional service experiences
- To promote personal growth and development
- To develop a life-long commitment to service and civic involvement
Community Service-Learning (CS-L) coordinates partnerships with over 75 community service agencies to help meet the needs of the community and improve the standard of life in the Shenandoah Valley. CS-L is an active member of community networks such as Healthy Community, Hispanic Services Council, Rockingham County Partners for Student Success, and Valley Volunteer Forum.