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Service-Learning and Community Engagement

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences is dedicated, through our mission statement, to community involvement and engagement.  OSU-CHS has a variety of ways in which we promote and help our community; Volunteering, Community Service, and Service-Learning are just some examples of our commitment to community engagement.   

OSU-CHS MISSION 

STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL GOALS IN SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:

  1. Continue needs assessment for the people and groups that OSU-CHS serves and proceed with plans for meeting those needs
  2. Cultivate the organizational structure to provide easy mechanisms for external partners to collaborate with and gain access to the University
  3. Utilize the University’s resources to serve Oklahoma’s economic development goals
  4. Develop, support, and promote the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity
  5. Proudly message OSU achievements and innovations, as well as contributions made locally and globally through service and engagement

 SERVICE LEARNING

What is Service-Learning?
Service-Learning is an experiential learning strategy that combines community engagement with learning objectives and meaningful classroom reflection to encourage civic responsibility while strengthening communities and enhancing the educational process. 

Service-Learning is not the same as volunteer work or community service.  With Service-Learning our students and community partners develop a reciprocal relationship that not only fulfills a needed community service but also helps our students understand classroom objectives so they can apply what they are learning in class in a meaningful way while fostering social responsibility. 

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OSU-CHS MISSION

Strategic and tactical goals in support of community engagement:

  1. Continue needs assessment for the people and groups that OSU-CHS serves and proceed with plans for meeting those needs
  2. Cultivate the organizational structure to provide easy mechanisms for external partners to collaborate with and gain access to the University
  3. Utilize the University’s resources to serve Oklahoma’s economic development goals
  4. Develop, support, and promote the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity
  5. Proudly message OSU achievements and innovations, as well as contributions made locally and globally through service and engagement

 

Here are what students say about OSU-CHS classes that have Service-Learning and Community Engagement:

  • “I feel like I learned the most from the observation and community service activities.”

  • “I have really enjoyed the senior mentor program. It has been very rewarding to develop a relationship with my senior mentor. I also like the CAP health roundup.”

  • “The best aspects were the hands-on experiences we got through this course.”

  • “The opportunities to get involved with cap and senior mentor project were very enjoyable and helpful.”

  • “The best part was the underserved clinic experience.”

  • “I actually really love this course. I think of it as the part of school where we actually get to practice and think about being doctors. I loved every part of the Senior Mentor project and also going to the Underserved Clinic and CAP.”

  • The outside experiences were very helpful in getting our feet wet. I like the early experience in gaining medical histories and working with other professionals in the healthcare field.”

 

For more information about Service-Learning or Community Engagement, please contact:

Justin Zumwalt
Manager of Service-Learning
918-561-1280
justin.zumwalt@okstate.edu