Community

The Leduc Center works closely with surrounding communities to meet the learning goals and civic engagement outcomes of the University’s educational mission. The Leduc Center partners with community non-profits; public, private, and charter schools; local businesses; and local government agencies to provide civic engagement opportunities each year that are suited to the varying interests of students, faculty, and staff.

The mission of the Leduc Center is to enrich the lives of our community, both on campus and locally, as well as provide UMass Dartmouth students with a superior education experience. Community organizations are fundamental to the fulfillment of our mission.

The relationships the Leduc Center forges with community organizations are mutually beneficial, reinforcing students’ education experience through community service while addressing social challenges and issues within the community. Their academic and personal development is key to the reason they are involved in a community organization.

In partnering with the Leduc Center, community organizations benefit from the Leduc Center’s access to the University’s intellectual and human capital resources. We are able  to connect organizations to students for volunteer opportunities, internships, or student jobs, and faculty for community-based research or service-learning opportunities.

Working with Students

  • Volunteer opportunities are posted and accessible to the entire UMass Dartmouth student body. Student volunteers are free to serve where and in any manner they choose. Their limitations are their own interests, time constraints, and the organization’s volunteer requirements.
  • Service-learning students are required to serve as a part of their course. Their community interactions are closely tied to their academics. Their limitations are similar to those of student volunteers, with the one key difference being that the service may not necessarily be one of their own interests, but rather a requirement.
  • Community organizations also have the opportunity to post listings for internships and jobs through Career Services. If you are looking to hire students with Federal Work Study funds, a representative from your organization must speak to Colleen Wetterland of the Career Development Center for further details.

To post an opportunity on our Service Opportunity blog, please complete this form.

Working with Faculty

  • Community-based research projects are time-intensive processes for the faculty member involved, but can result in productive relationships where the needs of the community organization are paired with the interests of the faculty member. They provide clear benefits to all involved.
  • When faculty have their students involved, students develop a better understanding of the relationship between service and the academic curriculum and are better prepared to be engaged citizens in the community, providing value to themselves and their local community.

For more information on how you can partner with the Leduc Center and the University, please fill out the contact form below and we will be in touch to discuss your needs.

 

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