The Public Service Center is committed to expanding service-learning opportunities on campus. Service-learning is an experiential education approach that links academic learning with meaningful community service activities, personal growth, and social awareness and responsibility.

Engaged Cornell is a strategy for advancing the university’s mission through community-engaged discovery and learning. By supporting projects that are identified, designed, and implemented in collaboration with partner communities, Engaged Cornell champions a model of rigorous teaching and research that can overcome some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Service-Learning Courses & Resources

Let us help you develop service-learning courses by providing assistance with resources and site development. Our Community Placement Program has an on-going relationship with over 150 community agencies in Tompkins County. Meet with our Executive Director, Leonardo Vargas-Mendez, to help you find sites appropriate to your course needs.

The Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in Service-Learning awards two faculty members who are having a significant impact on undergraduate, professional, or graduate education at Cornell by involving their students in challenging service-learning programs, a $5,000 award to enable them to further develop an ongoing community-based learning/research project, to initiate a new effort, or to seek institutionalization of a service-learning course.

Faculty Recognition

Kaplan Family Endowment for Public Service supports a Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in Service-Learning and the Kaplan Family Distinguished Lecture. 

Speaker Series

With our partners Engaged Cornell and the Office for Academic Diversity Initiatives, we bring service-learning scholars, educators and practitioners to Cornell’s campus, the local community, and to area colleges with a speaker series.