Concordia announces unique service learning minor
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With its mission to prepare globally minded servant leaders, Concordia University Wisconsin has introduced a new minor: Christian Service Learning and Leadership.
One of only a handful of like-minded programs in American higher education, the new minor will teach students about servant leadership through innovative, hands-on work with local nonprofits.
The minor is open to CUW enrollees at the undergraduate level, with classes scheduled to begin in fall 2018.
A feature of Concordia University Wisconsin's Mequon campus is its 200 acres overlooking the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. (Photo courtesy of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod)
The minor is the brainchild of CUW history professor Dr. John Horgan and Concordia's Service Learning Committee. Its formation comes soon after the university created a director of Christian service position, designed to coordinate volunteer efforts across the university and build partnerships with nonprofit organizations in the area.
Concordia University at a Glance
- 77 undergraduate programs
- 42 graduate programs
- Ranked safest campus in the state (ADT report, 2017)
- 11:1 Student to faculty ratio
- 29 varsity level athletic programs
- 40+ student organizations
- 96% of CUW traditional undergraduates are employed one year after graduation
- 11,291 voluntary service hours completed by students in 2016-17
- Community partners include Blood Center of Wisconsin, Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, Hunger Task Force, Mequon Nature Preserve, Milwaukee Rescue Mission, Newcastle Place, Place of Refuge, Portal, Inc., Running Rebels, The Salvation Army, Special Olympics, and many more.
"We have so many students who come to Concordia with a heart for service," says Director of Christian Service Rev. Dr. Randall Ferguson. "This will provide a formal mechanism in the curriculum to help them improve their skills and gain experience working in the nonprofit sector."
Courses including "Perspectives on Christian Service," "Community Engagement," "Servant Leadership" and "Cross-Cultural Communication" each will contain a significant service learning component that will pair students with nonprofit organizations, where they will apply what they are learning in the classroom. The minor also features a practicum in which students will work with a nonprofit organization of their choice over the course of a semester.
The minor is open to undergraduate students of any discipline and provides an especially valuable learning opportunity for those interested in working in the nonprofit sector. Concordia boasts 77 undergraduate programs in fields including business, nursing, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, social work and education.
CUW freshman Jen Sheridan is one student who is eager to grab hold of the opportunity to gain practical experience in an area she loves. Sheridan, who is majoring in mass communications and minoring in hospitality and event management, added CSLL as a second minor just weeks after Concordia announced the new program.
"I'm passionate about volunteering and making a difference in the community," Sheridan says, "and I'm excited to be able to further my education and learn new ways to serve and make a larger impact."
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