Community Service Learning

Note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic you may wish to complete your volunteer hours online. Please note the resources provided by our Community Engagement Office about online learning. These opportunities are all considered approved sites:

 

 

Please make specific note of of the following articles with further volunteer ideas:

https://liftingbridges.weebly.com/virtual-volunteering.html

 

As well as this link from the United Way with local opportunities:

 

CSL Faculty Advisor
Dr. Miriam Liss (mliss@umw.edu)

CSL Student Coordinator
Emily Beitzell (ebeitzel@mail.umw.edu)
email Emily to obtain a CSL contract and for any questions!

Community Service Learning (CSL) provides a worthwhile educational experience with the opportunity to apply psychological principles learned in the classroom to the real world. Students choosing the CSL option must complete 40 hours of volunteer work at one approved community service site or 20 hours at two sites. Prior community service will not fulfill the requirement (i.e. service hours that were completed before approval was granted will not count towards the requirement).

Specific Requirements:

  • Must be declared as a Psychology Major
  • Requires at least 12 credit hours in psychology beyond PSYC 100 – General Psychology
  • Includes 40 hours of volunteer work at one approved community service site or 20 hours at two sites; hours cannot be split up amongst more than two sites
    • NOTE: Up to 8 hours of training may count toward your 40 CSL hours.
  • You must complete your community service within 12 months of beginning it
  • You are required to attend one reflection sections during each semester you are completing community service hours
  • Initial signatures on the CSL contract must be obtained and turned in to the CSL Faculty Advisor by February 1st of the student’s senior year. All paperwork with final signatures must be returned to Dr. Liss by March 15th of the student’s senior year.
    • NOTE: If you are graduating in the Fall semester of your senior year, the initial paperwork must be completed by October 1st and the final paperwork by November 15th.

Getting Started

The first step to getting started in CSL is getting added to the CSL Canvas course where you will find all needed documents, your CSL training modules, and further instructions. Email Dr. Miriam Liss (mliss@umw.edu) and Emily Beitzell (ebeitzel@mail.umw.edu) to get added to this class.

NOTE: You must be added to the Canvas class and have submitted your initial contract through the appropriate assignment in this class before you can count any hours.

If you are still searching for a placement please start with the UMW Community Engagement site that has been specifically geared for Psychological Science:

https://academics.umw.edu/communityengagement/for-students/get-involved/volunteering-in-the-time-of-covid-19/psych-fall-2020/

If those opportunities are not sufficient you can look at the broader UMW CE site.

https://academics.umw.edu/communityengagement/for-students/get-involved/volunteering-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

All placements on the CE website are approved Psych CSL sites as well as those on our approved list here: https://cas.umw.edu/psychology/experiential-learning/community-service-learning/csl-placements/ . There are lots of online and in-person socially distanced opportunities.

If you need further help and guidance in finding a placement please contact the Office for Community Engagement:

Leslie Martin, Faculty Director: lmartin@umw.edu

Sarah Dewees, Associate Director of Community Engagement: sdewees@umw.edu

Are you in the Education program? If so, practicum hours can be used to fulfill the CSL requirement. You still must complete all CSL paperwork and attend a reflection session. CSL contracts must be signed and uploaded to Canvas BEFORE you begin your practicum. Contact Dr. Liss or Emily Beitzell to be added to the CSL Canvas class where you will be able to download and submit your contract.

If you would like to volunteer at a site that is not on any of these lists please contact Emily and Dr. Liss to receive a New Site Form.

*You must email the CSL Student Coordinator to be added to Canvas and receive a contract. Your contract must be uploaded to Canvas before you start volunteering*