Community Service-Learning (CS-L) was founded in 1986 by JMU faculty members, Dr. Cecil Bradfield (Sociology) and Ann Myers (Social Work) who integrated Service-Learning in their courses and sought support for the faculty and student interest in community involvement. Thirty years later that same sense that our founders appreciated has blossomed into a university committed to thoughtful and meaningful community engagement across campus. Meaningful service to the larger community coupled with reflection leads to powerful learning. Students typically describe these extraordinary opportunities as some of the most profound experiences of their college career.

Our Mission

CS-L cultivates positive social change through mutually beneficial service partnerships, critical reflection, and the development of engaged citizens. 

Our Values

Humility

We recognize that cultivating positive social change requires collaboration between members of our staff and with partners across campus and in multiple communities. We respect our partners’ skills, knowledge, and talents. We recognize that members of the communities in which we work are experts, and we remain mindful of the diverse backgrounds and experiences that inform all of our interactions.

Intentionality

We believe in collaborating with our campus and community partners to facilitate thoughtfully planned programs, services, and experiences that integrate reflection to lead to positive outcomes and learning.

Equity 

We will actively pursue fairness as a means to combat injustice in all areas of the work that we do.

Accountability

We keep our promises, admit our mistakes, and model leadership towards achieving our mission.

Service 

We are dedicated to providing excellent service to campus and community partners.  We prioritize their needs and strive to exceed expectations.

Relationships 

We will foster interactions that consider the needs and assets of all partnerships to create collaborative opportunities that are both valuable and fun! 

Learning 

We believe that the knowledge and skills gained and shared through preparation, action, reflection, and evaluation are critical to life-long engagement and growth.

Community Partnerships

Community Service-Learning (CS-L) collaborates with over 100 community partners in the Central Shenandoah Valley as well as regionally, nationally and internationally to enhance local strengths and address community expressed needs. To discuss becoming a partner contact us at 2100 Student Success Center on the JMU campus, email csl@jmu.edu. Or call (540) 568-6366.  

Faculty Partnerships

CS-L collaborates with dozens of faculty members to partner with communities to meaningfully involve students in reflectively addressing social issues, locally and globally. To learn more about getting involved, and our faculty resources and support stop by room 2100 Student Success Center or contact csl@jmu.edu or (540) 568-6366.

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