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What Is Service Learning?

Service Learning is a method of teaching that combines classroom instruction with meaningful, community-identified service. This form of engaged teaching and learning emphasizes critical thinking by using reflection to connect course context with real-world experiences. Service learning instructors partner with community organizations as co-teachers and encourage a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility for students while building capacity and contributing real community impact.

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha Service Learning Academy (SLA) facilitates university and community-wide partnerships, develops and collaborates on community-based research, and supports rigorous Service Learning courses in pursuit of UNO’s metropolitan mission to transform and improve the quality of life locally, nationally and globally.


UNO SLA leads in the creation of university-wide partnerships by integrating academic learning and civic engagement to develop innovative Service Learning projects, research, and scholarship with diverse community stakeholders.

Check out our most recent newsletter for great examples of service learning in Omaha! 

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UNO Service Learning Academy
Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
6001 Dodge Street, Room 216
Omaha, NE 68182-0789
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