Perceive the problem. Think about solutions. Choose to get involved. Act in the community. As a student, you have the chance to make a difference in your community as part of the next generation of caregivers. Being educated comes with a responsibility to have an awareness of the world around you and to use your knowledge, skills and talents to make the world a better place. Service learning provides hands-on experience through community-based learning and offers you the opportunity to apply what you are learning in the classroom. You will gain insight into the responsibility that each one of us has in caring and advocating for others who find themselves in challenging or vulnerable circumstances. Service Learning in Your Academic Program Learn how your degree program incorporates service learning. Reflections on Service Learning Students reflect on the personal and community impact of service learning. Service Learning Resource Materials Find all essential service learning resources here. The Jesuit Catholic tradition calls upon students to promote social justice and to discern the influence of their actions from the perspective of the poor and marginalized in society. As students work alongside community partners, they develop their capacity to listen and to learn from people whose voices are often not heard. Through these experiences, students can grow in solidarity and come to see society as an integrated, diverse whole. As members of the human community, it is easy to forget, dismiss, or distance oneself from people living the reality of marginalization. Service learning is an integral part of the curriculum for each of the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions programs. The goal is to provide an educational experience while instilling the belief that service to one's community is a life-long pursuit. Through service learning, you leave behind the world of books and laboratories, and enter communities grappling with urban poverty, racism, hunger, inadequate housing, famine, minimal or no access to health care. Amidst these grim injustices you also experience the resilience of community, the wealth of cultures and traditions, and unsung leaders who continue to uphold their communities. The Center for Service Learning in RHCHP serves as a resource for faculty and students for connecting academic course objectives with community-based learning opportunities. Service learning is integrated into the core curriculum of most of our academic programs allowing faculty to use this pedagogical tool to enhance effective teaching and student learning. In RHCHP, service learning takes place in the following forms: Direct service Education and consciousness raising Advocacy Community based learning and research Additional guidelines for service learning can be found in the RHCHP Service Learning Handbook. "Students, in the course of their formation, must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives, so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering and engage it constructively. They should learn to perceive, think, judge, choose, and act for the rights of others, especially the disadvantaged and oppressed." ~ Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.