Howard Rosing explains how community-based service learning has been implemented throughout curricula at DePaul University from 1998 to 2008. At the time the article was written, he was the executive director of the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning, which oversees DePaul’s service learning courses. To do so effectively, the Center cultivates an atmosphere of respect among its staff and reflection on its own operations and on those of the university hierarchy. This is to ensure it does not promote injustice itself. Universities have historically treated surrounding communities as “laboratories for scholarship and ultimately institutional prestige,” and as groups without their own contributions to make in efforts to solve social problems. To avoid this, the Center is committed to collaborating with the communities in which service learning takes place. DePaul’s Community Service Minor is described, with particular attention to the ideas and pedagogy employed in its foundation course. Rosing outlines how these approaches to service learning exemplify the university’s Vincentian mission.
Rosing, Howard Ph.D.
"Untangling the Ivy: Discovering Vincentian Service Learning at DePaul University,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 28
, Article 16.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol28/iss2/16