Service Learning

Service Learning


"Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities." ~ Learn and Serve America





The mission of Hilbert College's Office of Service Learning is to enhance student learning through meaningful, relevant service in the community.  The office promotes the involvement of students, faculty and community partners in meaningful service-learning activities that provide the opportunity for critical reflection to deepen the academic experience, inspire lifelong civic engagement and strengthen our local and global communities.



The Office of Service Learning strives:

  1. To enhance students' learning by applying classroom knowledge to practical experience by meeting needs in the community.
  2. To provide necessary infrastructure, including placement opportunities and resources, for faculty to incorporate service learning into their courses.
  3. To develop students' engagement in the community during their academic career and beyond.


Excerpts from Student Reflections

 "It is the practical exercises, the hands-on experiences, and the knowledge of physically performing the task in a ‘real world’ setting that will last a lifetime. Yes, learning in a classroom is vital, but [taking] what has been taught in the class, and using it in a practical manner soon after it is taught, to me completes the lesson."

 - Student in MA 135: Mathematical Applications, Community Partner: Hamburg Meals on Wheels

 "Through the service work . . . performed at Mental Health Peer Connection, my desire to obtain my four-year degree in human services and then move forward toward a master's degree in counseling is no longer a dream, it is the opportunity that is waiting for me down the educational and vocational path of success. Service learning is a great opportunity to research career opportunities and personal growth."

- Student in HS 101: Intro to Human Services, Community Partner: Peer Mental Health Connection


 Spring 2015 Service Learning Courses

BUS 200 Introduction to Business Management (Prof. Dan Roland)

CJ 202 Law and Justice (Dr. Mark Paoni)

CJ 204 Crime and Society (Prof. Yvonne Downes)

CJ 316 Family Violence (Prof. Yvonne Downes)

COM 365 Digital Filmmaking (Prof. Christopher Gallant)

HS 101 Intro to Human Services (Prof. Colleen Kumiega)

HS/PSY 205 Interpersonal Communications and Effectiveness (Prof. Colleen Kumiega)

HS/PSY/SO 320 Loss Grief and Dying (Dr. Julie Kusmierz)

PSY 203 Adolescence Psychology (Dr. Julie Kusmierz)

PSY 351 Positive Psychology (Dr. Julie Kusmierz)

RS 202 Religion and Social Justice (Dr. Erika Gault)

RS 206 Franciscanism (Dr. Amy Smith and Prof. Marne Griffin)


 Hilbert's Service Learning Policy


For more information on Service Learning at Hilbert College, please contact:

Rachel Wozniak
Office of Service Learning
Hilbert College
Franciscan Hall 104
5200 South Park Ave.
Hamburg, NY 14075
(716) 926-8929