Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (OSLCE)
Raggio Building, Room 1002
The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (OSLCE) is an initiative under the Office of the Provost. Our mission is to facilitate meaningful community-based learning experiences that engage students and faculty with the community through service-learning courses, civic engagement experiences, and community research to enhance and foster learning and discovery. We connect and integrate the campus, classroom and community through sustainable partnerships, assessing learning and tracking impact.
As a result, students enhance their learning and development to enhance their capabilities to be skilled, empowered and active citizens after they graduate. Faculty enrich their pedagogy and scholarship as active contributors to the community. Broader community needs are addressed and partners become an integral part of the overall University learning experience through a reciprocal partnership of knowledge.
Service-Learning at the University of Nevada, Reno is “a course or competency-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students: 1. participate in mutually identified service activities that benefit the community, and 2. reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility.” (Bringle and Clayton, 2012, p.105)
Civic Engagement is about working to make a difference in our communities. This includes actions individuals take to influence public matters. It is about working to enhance and promote the quality of life in our local and global community.
“Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivations to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.” (Ehrlich 2000).