Inspired by the life and work of Edward Ginsberg (1917-1997), the Ginsberg
Center for Community Service and Learning strives to engage students and faculty
members in a process combining community service and academic learning in order
to promote civic participation, build community capacity, and enhance the educational
process. Based upon this mission, the goals of the center are to:
- Build student capacity for learning and leadership through community service,
civic participation, and educational efforts.
- Build faculty capacity for research and teaching that strengthens student
learning, and involves and develops communities.
- Build the capacity of communities through partnerships with the University
that improve community quality of life and enhance student learning.
- Increase the institutional capacity of the University of Michigan for student
civic and multicultural learning.
- Build the capacity of the Center as an institutional vehicle for student
civic, multicultural, and leadership training.
The Ginsberg Center provides resources and support for students and student
organizations who would like to become involved in existing community service
programs such as AmeriCorps and America Reads, or who would like to initiate
a community service program of their own. Each semester, students can visit
the Center’s website to learn about undergraduate and graduate level courses
with a service-learning element. For those interested in continuing their civic
service after graduation, the Center provides information about jobs and internships
with non-profit and service-oriented organizations.
For faculty, the Ginsberg Center offers workshops, consultation, and financial
support to those willing to teach courses with a service-learning element. In
addition, the Center periodically sponsors and helps plan forums on issues related
to service-learning, civic engagement, and the role of higher education in promoting
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