The Community Service Learning (CSL) fuses community service and academic inquiry, simultaneously creating memorable educational experiences for the student and valuable service to the greater Worcester community. CSL courses are offered in a variety of disciplines and integrate course materials with experiential learning in a community setting as students seek to gain a greater understanding of societal issues. Assumption students can choose to minor in CSL or simply take individual courses to gain a better understanding of the world around them.
Through CSL classes, students experience a unique opportunity to participate in and learn about the complexity of the social, economic, political, and cultural world and to think in original ways about the substantive problems in society. They build important skills through observation, exploration, critical analysis and action-oriented research in a multicultural setting. They work with others as team to achieve a common goal and find the fulfillment of contributing their talents and skills to impact the lives of others.
CSL is a reflection of Assumption’s commitment to service and social justice.
In recent years, CSL students have loged more than 3,000 hours of service per semester. They work in a variety of settings throughout Worcester helping (among others):
children and youth services
homeless and housing outreach
Assumption's CSL program also works closely with the Habitat for Humanity program
The Community Service Learning (CSL) minor requires a minimum of six (6) interdisciplinary courses. The minor requires 60 hours of volunteer service in addition to what students perform in their CSL classes. In many circumstances, this is accomplished in conjunction with Assumption's Reach Out Center, which coordinates students volunteer activities around Worcester.