The mission of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement is to collaborate with the campus community and external stakeholders in an effort to increase the quality of student learning, engagement, and civic roles as realized within intentional and mutually beneficial community service-learning experiences that uphold the University's mission and Franciscan values.
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Each October, Franciscan Day of Service is an opportunity to join local organizations in service as part of our Mission & Heritage Week. In 2021 more than 300 members of the Madonna community participated. Partner organizations have included Arts & Scraps, Cross Catholic, Life Remodeled, Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, Motor City Mitten Mission, Piquette Square, St. Priscilla Catholic Church, and Urban Neighborhood Initiatives.
The Ford Community Corps program is a grant initiative that enables students, faculty, and staff to implement service programs around metro Detroit. In the 2020-2021 academic year, over $22,600 went toward FCC projects at MU.Ford Community Corps
During MLK Week, students serve in the southeast Michigan community as we look inwards to reflect upon leadership and diversity. From cleaning up trails to providing goods for people who are homeless, a range of service projects honors the legacy of Dr. King.
Community-led and nonprofit organizations are essential partners in service at Madonna. Recent partnerships include Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, Motor City Mitten Mission, the Detroit Zoo, Arts & Scraps, Zaman International, and more.
In collaboration with Campus Life, community service activities take place throughout each semester, allowing students to explore new and different opportunities to engage with their community.
The MU curriculum includes a robust selection of academic service-learning (SL) courses. In alignment with national standards, as well as our mission and values, faculty across the colleges offer students the chance to enrich the classroom experience with service at local organizations.
The MU Office of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement provides a nonpartisan space for students to participate in democracy through voter registration, fellowships, and communication with civic leaders.
Madonna University maintains the elective Carnegie Foundation Classfication for Community Engagement. This is a testament to our commitment to live our Core Value of serving others; enrich community-engaged scholarship; enhance teaching and learning; and prepare our students to contribute to the public good.
Madonna University is committed to integrating pedagogies of engagement inside and outside the classroom. One form of curricular engagement is academic service-learning which integrates community service with course content. Students enrolled in service-learning designated courses have the opportunity to apply their talents, knowledge, and skills to address local community needs and pressing social issues in partnership with local and global non-profit organizations. Academic service-learning also fulfills the University’s mission by instilling in students Christian humanistic values, intellectual inquiry, a respect for diversity, and a commitment to serving others.
Academic service-learning courses are offered across the curriculum and include service projects that address issues including but not limited to: access and success in higher education, animal welfare, capacity building in non-profit organizations, caregiving, community health, environmental/sustainability, hunger, housing/homelessness, literacy, nutrition/wellness, poverty, and senior/elder services.
Global opportunities to serve are available through academic service-learning designated courses that include a study-abroad component. In the past, students have applied their academic knowledge and skills to help address global pressing issues in countries such as Costa Rica and the Philippines. For more information visit Study Abroad.
Passionate about student learning and the Metro-Detroit area? Faculty members interested in teaching service-learning designated courses are encouraged to contact the Office of Service-Learning directly for more information on how to integrate service-learning into their courses.
During Mission & Heritage Week each October, we celebrate our Felician, Franciscan heritage and values through service. Students, faculty, staff and alumni come together to serve our local communities by working on projects such as fall clean-up, cleaning furniture, planting bulbs, sorting clothes, organizing food pantries, winterizing vegetable beds, etc. Our community partners include organizations serving diverse populations around southeast Michigan. This is a day of transformation for us and our community partners.
During the week of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, service opportunities are offered to students in conjunction with the university-sponsored MLK celebration. Information about Martin Luther King, Jr. service projects is typically released in early December of the preceding year.
Since Winter 2013, Madonna University has offered this unique service-leadership experience supported by the Ford Motor Company Fund. Small teams are comprised of students with similar academic interests. They address local community needs and are often involved in starting, developing, and expanding service projects in collaboration with a faculty mentor and non-profit organization professionals. They have opportunities to grow as leaders, interact in diverse communities, and expand their support networks. For more information visit: Ford Community Corps.
Founded on Social Change Wheel from Campus Compact, we offer activities to learn ways to contribute to positive social change, and we facilitate reflection on the role of each person to be a catalyst for the betterment of society.
Service-Learning & Civic Engagement enjoys long-standing relationships with several nonprofit organizations primarily serving the southwest Michigan region. The office also works to identify new partners who are interested and willing to develop mutually beneficial service-learning experiences with Madonna University students, faculty, and staff.
Services designed to support community partners include but are not limited to: