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Service Learning Resource Guide

This Resource Guide was designed to provide an overview on Service Learning and how it can be integrated into course design. Most resources pertain to faculty interested in teaching with Service Learning at Stony Brook with the goals of balancing pedagogy strategy to enhance student learning and creating mutually beneficial relationships between Stony Brook and the surrounding communities. The Center for Service Learning and Community Service offers a variety of services to support faculty in Service Learning courses and maintains a wide collection of resources to support course development and implementation. For more information, please contact the Center for Service Learning and Community Service, at

What is Service Learning?

Service Learning is a form of experiential learning that integrates classroom learning with service activities to address the needs of the surrounding communities. It is an effective strategy not only to foster civic engagement, but also to enhance student learning and educational experiences while building a partnership between the university and the local community. Service Learning courses typically include structured time for students to reflect on and discuss their service experiences and how it relates to their academic learning.

Benefits of Service Learning

Service Learning at SBU

Service-Learning in STEM
Students in the Women in Science and Engineering program partnered with Morrison Mentors to create and host STEM events for local middle schoolers. Watch the videos below to learn more about these projects.  

COVID-19 Service-Learning 
Renaissance School of Medicine students assisted in the COVID-19 relief effort by manufacturing Protective Personal Equipment, distributing meals and delivering groceries, performing COVID testing, and providing patients with information about telehealth services. Learn more in Stony Brook Transformed

Benevolent Computing
Computer science students learned to apply their programming skills by partnering with the Oakdale Historical Society to create an interactive, 360-degree virtual tour of St. John’s Episcopal Church to help expand the church’s reach and attract visitors. Read more about this project in Newsday

Service Learning at Large

SUNY Buffalo State College
Students complete a variety of Service Learning projects, including creating surveys, public service announcements, and public relations campaigns. Learn more about these projects on their communications discipline website

Purdue University
Students in the School of Communication partnered with Animal Advocates of Greater Lafayette to use social media to expand the nonprofit’s reach. Explore other Purdue University projects in their stories and newsletters.

Northeastern University
Students in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business developed marketing plans for community organizations to address consumer-related challenges. Visit Northeastern University's Service Learning Virtual EXPO to learn more. 

For Faculty - Getting Started

If you are interested in incorporating Service Learning into either a new or existing course, follow these steps to get started:


Fill Out the Service Learning Interest Form Discover Resources

For Community Partners

To express interest in partnering with faculty, please complete the partnership request form. 

Partnership Request Form