Office of Service Learning

Benefits of Service Learning

Partnering for academic service learning enables the Lewis University Office of Service Learning to develop mutually beneficial relationships with community organizations by responding to needs that our partners have identified. Through these collaborations, our partners benefit from:

  • The growing or more advanced skills of Lewis University students, which can provide partners with innovative ways to address organization/ agency needs.
  • A mutually valuable, lasting relationship built among faculty, students, and community partners.
  • Promoting social justice with underserved communities and community members.
  • Increased public exposure among individuals who are connected to Lewis University.

Examples of service learning collaborations include:

  • Partnering an upper-level business course with a community center to develop a business plan for the non-profit organization.
  • Engaging students in direct service with youth through after school tutoring.
  • Inviting pre-service social studies teachers to develop exhibit-related curriculum for a regional historical museum.

To explore your interest in partnering for service learning, contact Laura Wilmarth Tyna, Community Partner Liaison in the Office of Service Learning, at or (815) 836-5848.

Contact Us

Laura Wilmarth Tyna
Laura Wilmarth Tyna
Community Partner Liaison
(815) 836-5848