Community Service and Service Learning

Service-Learning and Community Engagement

Bellarmine offers multiple venues for service- learning and community engagement both on campus and in the local community, as well as nationally and internationally. The University views service- learning and community engagement as a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service experiences with instruction and reflection to enrich knowledge and teach civic responsibility while strengthening the quality of life for people and communities.

How We Serve

Programming includes international service trips to Belize and Guatemala, domestic alternative spring break experience in a variety of states (Sandy Valley, Kentucky, McKee, Kentucky, New Orleans, Louisiana, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Kiptopeke, Virginia, Washinton, D.C.), Knights in Action: Day of Service, and Impact Grants created to encourage faculty and student collaboration to impact change in the community. These grants range from $50-500.00 dollars and demonstrate that with small financial contributions, time, and service incremental change can occur. Over 50 courses are offered with service-learning components. This number continues to grow and is a result of faculty and students demonstrating the value of service.

The mission of Bellarmine is realized through encouraging the community to engage. Bellarmine has been the recipient of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2009, 2012, and 2013 by the corporation for National and Community Service, recognizing higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. In 2013, Bellarmine was selected by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation to be one of 64 member schools.