Events and Programs

Service-Learning Day

The Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships hosts this annual event, which features a keynote speaker whose is exemplary in the field of service-learning and community engagement. Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to learn about best practices and to celebrate the community engaged research and service-learning at USF. Generally, OCEP high-impact mini-grant recipients share their experiences teaching service-learning courses, and we have a student showcase where exemplary students share the results of their community engaged research. This event helps to raise the level of engagement on campus and in our community.


Service Learning Day 2015

OCEP's Service-Learning Day was a huge success! Faculty and staff from a variety of departments and units shared new and exciting developments in community engagement that are taking place in their own departments; our summer 2014 service-learning mini-grant recipients gave captivating presentations about their courses; Senior Vice Provost Dr. Dwayne Smith made a surprise visit to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman (Sociology) won the inaugural Outstanding Community Engaged Teaching Award; a panel of students discussed the benefits of service-learning and community engaged research; and Dr. Ann Abbott (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) presented a keynote lecture on engaging students in civic action through service-learning and also facilitated an engaged conversation about using new media and technology to enhance service-learning.

Ann Abbott

Our Service-Learning Day keynote speaker presented, "Students, Turn On Your Cell Phones and Open Facebook": Using New Media and Technology to Enhance Service-Learning: An Engaged Conversation with Ann Abbott, Ph.D. (pictured).

Dr. Brianne Stanback and Todd Wells, Director of the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement attended Service-Learning Day. Dr. Stanback gave a presentation about her summer course for which she received a high impact service-learning mini grant. 

Dr. Brianne Stanback

Dr. Brianne Stanback and Todd Wells

A highlight of Service-Learning Day came following her remarks about her service-learning class in Brazil, for which she received an OCEP high impact mini-grant, when Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman was presented with the inaugural Outstanding Engaged Teaching Award by Dr. Dwayne Smith, Senior Vice Provost and Dean, Office of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman

Hordge-Freeman receiving the inaugural Outstanding Engaged Teaching Award from Smith 

In the afternoon, Bonnie Silvestri moderated a Student Showcase panel of exemplary students who excelled in service-learning courses. You can read more about their service-learning classes in feature stories (click on the names) Yoselis Ramos, Jenelle Jones, Johanna Phelps-Hillen, and Jaritza Jones.

Yoselis Ramos (Picured from left to right) Yoselis Ramos, Jenelle Jones Johanna Phelps-Hillen, Jaritza Jones, Bonnie Silvestri

You can also watch this video of the showcase panel here Service-Learning = Student Success: A Student Showcase.

Check last year Service-Learning Day, March 6, 2014