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Welcome Students

The Office of Community Engagement & Service Learning is here to help you or your student organization connect with community agencies, track your hours, and find placements for your service-learning course requirement.\


Individual and RSO (Club) Community Placements

Students or student organizations can be placed at any WSU Health Sciences Spokane affiliate partner agency. The student participants and the agency will determine the goals of the community opportunity, number of hours, and duration of the project.

The steps below are designed to explain your role in this important partnership with community agencies.

Agency Selection
Visit the Community Partner List on CougSync* and select a site that you can support given the agency’s mission, and that meets your personal, academic, and/or professional interests.

*Please note: Most of the community agencies with an incomplete portal do not have an affiliation agreement with our campus, but are agencies that you can explore for potential partnership.

Attend a Community Engagement Pre-Project Training (Only needed if first time working with the CESL Office). Click here for upcoming training dates.

Communicate with the agency via email or in-person and provide them with the Partnership Packet. Understand the agency’s expectations, and be clear about how many hours you will be committing to this organization.

Complete and submit the Partner Request Form to the CESL Office to initiate the partnership with your agency.

Prepare for your project by reviewing community engagement entry considerations and register your service opportunity on your partner’s portal for tracking purposes

Record of Community Engagement
You can record and confirm your community engagement hours on:

Reporting and Evaluating

  • Complete and report your hours
  • Complete site evaluation survey (emailed)
  • Thank community agency for their collaboration

Service-Learning Placements

What is Service-Learning?

Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy [and a form of experiential learning] that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities (National Service-Learning Clearinghouse).

In other words, service-learning is a volunteer project specifically connected to what you are learning in your courses.

  • Service learning hours can range from 2-20 hours per week depending on the project.
  • Reflection is the key element in service learning; this is typically done through writing assignments which helps students develop a deeper understanding of course content, awareness
  • of community needs and builds confidence to take informed action.

Visit the Service-Learning portal on CougSync to complete the service-requirements, and view the Service-Learning Process.

Service Opportunities and One-Day Events

The Office of Community Engagement & Service Learning offers and promotes community engagement opportunities.

Off-Campus Service Opportunities
All Off-Campus Service Opportunities can be accessed on CougSync.

You can also explore other off-campus service opportunities and register them with CESL:

Cougs in the Community Program
Visit the Cougs in the Community page for more information about one-time projects. Or, visit the Cougs in the Community CougSync Calendar to get involved.

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