The MSU Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE) supports MSU faculty and students by offering a variety of resources for community engaged teaching, learning and service. Our office promotes community engaged teaching and learning to encourage students to develop their academic, personal, professional, and civic skills while making a positive difference by contributing to the common good of local, national, and international communities through service.

The CSLCE prepares students for meaningful community engagement in the following ways:

  • A Volunteer Matching System via GiveGab (www.givegab.com) which enables students to easily find local volunteer opportunities, connect with community agencies, and log volunteer service hours. Contact us for more information on joining the MSU GiveGab community (msu.givegab.com), or for assistance in setting up a free GiveGab account.
  • Community Engagement Placements to help students find academic service-learning and pre-professional volunteering opportunities at local hospitals through our online database (www.servelearnengage.msu.edu).
  • Service Resources & “Toolkits” which empower students who want to create their own service projects or service-oriented trips. Our “Day of Service” and “Alternative Spring Break” toolkits are available as free downloads on our website (www.servicelearning.msu.edu/resources/toolkits).
  • Transportation assistance is offered to students, including a variety of resources including maps, free CATA bus tokens, and shuttle rides to (select) service sites in Greater Lansing.
  • Advisors are available to assist MSU service/civic-oriented registered student organizations. We have long-standing advising relationships with several MSU student organizations (e.g., Alternative Spartan Breaks, etc.) and we are eager to connect with and support other similar student groups.
  • Campus & Community Networking to help students and community agencies identify potential partnerships and connect with other like-minded campus/community members.
  • Community Engagement Orientations are hosted throughout the semester to help students learn more about the “Tools of Engagement” (http://tools.outreach.msu.edu) which are vital for meaningful and effective community engagement experiences. We also host “Situated Spartan” orientations that help students learn about important concepts like power/privilege and the roles these concepts have in community engaged service.
  • Academic Consultants offer their educational expertise to help faculty and students identify and utilize high-impact teaching strategies to maximize service-learning outcomes.
  • Voting Resources to promote MSU student voter registration, education, and participation in local, statewide, and national elections (youvote.msu.edu).

If you have questions, or would like more information about these CSLCE resources and services, please pay us a visit at 345 Student Services Building, email servlrn@msu.edu, call (517) 353-4400, or visit www.servicelearning.msu.edu.