Equity in service-learning

Quality service-learning experiences support contribution and leadership from diverse voices, providing every stakeholder a seat at the table in decision-making. It supports young people in learning to embrace the different perspectives, experiences, and contributions of their peers, as well as those of the community. It helps them gain a stronger perspective on issues by approaching them with vulnerability and humility. According to author/researcher Shelley Billig in the article Research on K-12 School-Based Service-Learning - The Evidence Builds, "Service-learning has a positive effect on students' interpersonal development and the ability to relate to culturally diverse groups.” To achieve positive outcomes through [...]

February 8th, 2023|

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Service-Learning Process

While service-learning has long been recognized for its strengths as an experiential inquiry-based process, it can also be a vehicle for social change. When students integrate diverse community perspectives into their identification of local assets and needs and involve a range of community partners in their actions, service-learning becomes a powerful strategy for anti-racist and culturally responsive teaching. Exploring the dynamics of access, wealth, and equity while addressing a community need is often labeled “critical service-learning” in higher education circles. In K-12 systems, similar explorations of the root causes underlying community needs make service-learning its most transformational. But examining systemic [...]

February 25th, 2021|


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