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Ronald Porter
Acting Director of Service-Learning

Eckerd College
Office of Service-Learning
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

porterrk@eckerd.edu

toll-free: (800) 456-9009
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Service-Learning

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Profiles in Service

Stephanie Wolfe

Westerville, Ohio

Stephanie Wolfe
Graduation Year: 2009
Major: Women and Gender Studies
Minors: Political Science, International Relations and Global Affairs
What types of service/volunteer activities are/were you involved with at Eckerd?

I was the service-learning coordinator for Gamma Knox my sophomore year. I participated in both direct service opportunities, including Habitat for Humanity builds and indirect service, such as organizing awareness campaigns for HIV/AIDS issues and an anti-genocide movement. I also participated in multiple spring break and fall break service trips.

In what ways did your service experience change you or cause a transformation in your thinking, values or degree/career choice?

Service influenced my entire career choice, which is how I ended up pursuing a master's degree in Global Social Work. The idea of social activism and social justice are appealing concepts to my idea of the way the world works as well as how it could work. The service experiences I had at Eckerd heightened my awareness of international issues as well.

Please describe your most significant or important service experience while at Eckerd.

I think that the 4 Days 4 Darfur campaign that I was involved with during my sophomore year really impacted me, because I felt a sense of ownership and leadership with this campaign. As an organizer, it was a great feeling to collaborate with so many people and be able to see tangible results in terms of how many people came out to the events and supported the cause. I think that when students are able to have these kinds of moments when they feel empowered to lead, they will continue to feel more confident to do so in the future. This service reminded me that the work on large scale issues is ongoing and discussions for action must continue beyond short-term campaigns.

If you are a graduate, what sort of service do you now do?

I have tried to make service shape my career as a social worker. Currently, I am spending this summer working for Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth, at their Civic Leadership Institute in Berkeley, California. My role as a teaching assistant to gifted high school students has been to help facilitate learning about systemic injustices domestically and globally. Part of the learning process has been participating in community service excursions, as this program heavily emphasizes experiential learning.

Service and justice are two topics that can generate stimulating thought and discussion. Describe a time, event or interaction that really engaged your thoughts on service and justice.

During one of my service-learning classes, I felt as though the readings from Oscar Romero to Jane Addams really stretched me to start to understand the connection between social justice and service. I think that around the time of this class was when I began to understand the differences of charity and solidarity.

What advice would you give to other current or entering Eckerd students about participating in service?

I would advocate strongly that students not only participate in service but take a service-learning elective if they can. These classes are applicable to any major as they relate to real world problems in our communities. Through the classes I took, I started to make even bigger connections to historical movements involving social justice, which helped me to understand more about the current systems of oppression in place today.

Reflective Service-Learning Portfolio

Triton Track

Current Calls to Action

Edible Peace Patch Project
Looking for something fun to do this summer? The Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for volunteers for their summer camps! The camps will take place in Brandon, FL, June 21-27, and in Apopka, FL, July 12-18.
Interested? Contact Paula Orandash for more info at (727) 577-1700.
AIDS Walk Tampa Bay 2014
What are you and your friends doing to change the course of HIV in the Tampa Bay Region? By walking, donating or volunteering this year, you will help to provide much needed resouces to the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP).
The 12th annual AIDS Walk Tampa Bay will be held at Vinoy Park in Downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 6th. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

Notes from the Field

Servant Leaders blog
Service-Learning Interns blog
The service-learning student interns are increasing service involvement at Eckerd, becoming successful service leaders and helping students create a community around the values and challenges of servant-leadership.

Service Learning Profiles

Alumni Profiles

Read individual profiles of how involvement with Eckerd Service-Learning changed the lives of current students and alumni.  Learn more.