As an urban university, Northeastern includes service learning as part of its ethical mission. More than simply “good works,” service-learning on our campus is an academically rigorous experience. Through partnerships with schools, neighborhood agencies, health clinics, and nonprofit organizations, we embed service into academic course work. Students engage in hands-on service to address community needs, learning by applying course concepts to their experiences, and reflecting on those experiences back in the classroom.
Northeastern students also have valuable opportunities to broaden their knowledge, skills, and social awareness by volunteering in the community outside of their academic curriculum. Our Center of Community Service serves as a clearinghouse for service opportunities through its own programs and events, and partnerships with more than 170 community-based agencies and programs.In service-learning, students participate in community initiatives for education, economic development, health and recreation, and public safety.
The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and its various student clubs sponsor service trips to food banks and homeless shelters, as well as participating in prison book programs. As they serve the community, students gain a powerful beyond-the-classroom view of life.