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Ronald Porter
Director of Service-Learning

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


toll-free: 800-456-9009
local: 727-864-7512


Service Learning

Learning Goals

The objective of reflective service-learning is to address three main categories of learning: academic enhancement, civic learning, and personal growth.

Eckerd's General Education program has identified the following reflective service-learning goals:

Academic Enhancement

  • Intellectual engagement
  • Critical thinking
  • Connection between academic material and SL
  • Problem solving

Civic Learning

  • Constructive community engagement
  • Civic responsibility
  • Global understanding
  • Environmental awareness
  • Understanding of social issues

Personal Growth

  • Communication skills
  • Values identification
  • Leadership
  • Openness to diverse perspectives
  • Critique of assumptions
  • Collaboration

Every reflective service-learning experience is not expected to address every goal in each category. Instead, in designing reflective service-learning courses or preparing for co-curricular service experiences, faculty and/or students will identify a subset of the above learning goals. These goals will be addressed in reflection assignments, which will ultimately form the service-learning portfolio.

When completing the RSL requirement for Gen Ed, use this document for detailed descriptions of each learning goal and associated prompts. It is recommended you review the learning goals and prompts before selecting goals in your co-curricular service proposal, as this will determine your written reflection.

Calls for Participation

Academy Prep

Volunteer with Academy Prep

Academy Prep is a unique private middle school program serving 5th through 8th grade students in a low-income area. Students must qualify for need-based scholarships to attend and must have a desire to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. Academy Prep works with students to prepare them for higher education, maintaining relationships with graduates through high school, college, and into their adult lives.

YMCA Reads

Volunteer Mentors Needed

YMCA Reads! is an after-school reading assistance and mentoring program providing opportunities for at-risk and low-income children in kindergarten through third grade to develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school.

Community Action Stops Abuse

Community Action Stops Abuse

It takes a whole community to stop domestic violence. CASA's vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place.

Edible Peach Patch Project

The Edible Peace Patch Project

The Edible Peace Patch Project is a not for profit organization whose mission is to eliminate poverty as a factor in educational success and diet-related health issues.

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

The mission of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is to build partnerships to restore and protect Tampa Bay through implementation of a scientifically sound, community-based management plan.