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Service-learning: a path to a smarter citizenship

Whitworth is big on service-learning, in which the off-campus community becomes an extension of the classroom. More than 90 percent of the Whitworth student body engages in community service, with service-learning opportunities incorporated into every academic department. As part of a class you might tutor youth from low-income neighborhoods, work in public relations for a crisis nursery, lead drama workshops for adults coping with mental illness, or help a refugee family settle into Spokane.

When Whitworth students apply classroom learning to solving challenges within the community, they develop professional skills and discern vocational interests; they hone critical-thinking and communication skills; they gain a lifelong ethic of service and civic responsibility; and they become the next generation of leaders and social innovators who create positive change wherever they live.

Whitworth's commitment to community service garnered national recognition in 2013 (and in 2012, '10, '08 and '06) when the university was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

Want to find out more? Visit our Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement.

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