Director of Service-Learning
Office of Service-Learning
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Letter to Students
Socrates reveals to Plato in the Apology that we are “worth nothing with respect to wisdom” and know little about what we need to know to lead a good and just life. Socrates is asking us to not forget our ignorance and never claim to already know the answer to the question, “How should one live?” A liberal education at Eckerd College is designed to provide you with some tools and understandings to help you answer that question for yourself. Our goal isn’t to proselytize you into becoming a particular type of person. Rather, we aim to open up your world to the different bodies of knowledge and diverse ways of seeing and understanding our national society and global community. It is our belief that your experience with service learning will help you to decide for yourself how to live a good life.
A foundational principle of general education at Eckerd College is the requirement that all students engage in reflective service-learning. The value of reflective service-learning is well established and correlates with greater success in college. Reflective service-learning at Eckerd has also, for many years, cultivated in our students a deeper understanding of the ways in which a liberal arts education can translate into ethical action.
Since its inception, the Eckerd College general education program has accepted the obligation of higher education to promote democratic values, civic responsibility and good national and global citizenship. Our hope is that the totality of your experiences at our school will better prepare you for a constructive and productive role in society. Reflective service-learning is central to reaching these liberal arts objectives.
I hope that you have a dynamic, fulfilling, and rewarding reflective service-learning experience while at Eckerd that enhances your intellectual and life journey!
Associate Dean of General Education