“A Franciscan Education seeks to form persons and build a better world. It emphasizes relationship building, and community through a culture of social responsibility” (Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities). The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University [formerly, Our Lady of the Lake College] has a tradition of service and a strong commitment to community-engaged learning in healthcare education that promotes student success.
Service-Learning promotes our mission of service, the ideals of a Franciscan education, student formation, and success. Service-Learning is defined as a “course-based, credit bearing educational experience in which students (a) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs, and (b) 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 Hatcher, 1995).
Over 700 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Service-Learning Courses in the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Health Professions and Nursing completed over 17,000 hours in 2018-2019. Service-Learning experiences aligned with specific student learning outcomes.
“Service-Learning increases my empathy for others by getting to know people from different backgrounds, deepening my assertion that we are all more alike than are different.”-Dietetic intern, 2018
Faculty offered 19 undergraduate and graduate level service-learning courses in the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Health Professions and Nursing during the 2018-2019 academic year. FranU Faculty collaborate with community partners as co-educators to develop service-learning pedagogy. In addition, faculty share their experiences through Service-Learning Presentations and Scholarship.
Students have an opportunity to volunteer with 130+ community partners in 5 service divisions including: Underserved Youth, Elderly services, Homelessness, Special Needs populations and Healthcare-advocacy. The community partners are located in 18 parishes across the state of Louisiana. The S-L experiences increase the students’ awareness of the impact of poverty in the community. The University-Community Partnerships are managed through FranU CONNECT.
The Office of Service-Learning is located at 7525 Picardy Ave. on the second floor of the Student Services building. Services provided by the Service-Learning office include support for campus-community partners, community partner and faculty development workshops, S-L teaching resources, student resources, S-L scholarship and resources for external S-L grant writing.