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Alternative Spring Break: An opportunity for students to travel while providing meaningful community service during Spring Break.

 

Faculty Fellows in Service Learning Program: A one-year fellowship designed to accelerate the work of up to 10 faculty members who are eager to develop exemplary curricular approaches to education for active and ethical citizenship, social responsibility, and engagement by applying service learning to their courses. 

 

Nonprofit Enrichment Team: A multidisciplinary team of students working together to assist new and developing nonprofit agencies for course credit.

 

Poverty & Civic Engagement: Service learning course that allows students to examine perceptions and policies toward those living in poverty in the US while providing vital vision screenings to children in the immediate region. Coursework focuses on perceptions of those in poverty, race and poverty, socioeconomic issues faced by low-income families, federal and state policies toward working families, and the impact of service learning on individual civic engagement and political socialization. 

 

SaveFirst:A service learning opportunity that trains college, graduate, and law students to provide free tax preparation services, financial literacy information, and opportunities for savings and investment to low-income individuals, especially targeting those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

 

Service Learning: An academic course with structured opportunities for students to critically reflect on the ethical dimensions of both their service and the course.

 

To Whom Much Is Given: September 2007 statewide conference on service learning and poverty co-sponsored by CESR, focused on defining higher education's obligation toward communities of need in Alabama and developing solutions to poverty through service learning and community engagement.

 

Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative: A program that engages the city school system administrators and educators, UA faculty, staff, and students to offer the best health and education services possible for academically at-risk children and their families.

 

Tuscaloosa Academic Enrichment: A program that provides high-quality academic and cultural learning experiences to at-risk incoming high school freshmen in Tuscaloosa through a collaborative partnership between UA and the city.