At Your Service

MU Office of Service-Learning

Reaping the Benefits!

On Thursday, December 17th, 2015, Cara Gallup - Service Program Coordinator reported that all core service-learning evaluations were completed by the supervisors, and a whopping 96% of service-learners were rated as Excellent/Very Good overall!

Having MU Service-Learners working for and with your agency can be very beneficial.

Benefits of Service-Learning

  • Improved relationship with MU
  • Increased awareness of and support for community organizations, issues and unmet community needs
  • Access to scholars with expertise in area(s) of interest
  • Help breakdown and dispel myths and stereotypes about students and community
  • Provide an opportunity for a community to shape students’ values and to prepare students for remaining engaged with one's organization or the social issue throughout life
  • Receipt of tangible project outcomes, research, and other resources useful for daily operation, grant data, supporting client needs, etc.

Learn more about how your agency can benefit from a partnership with us at the MU Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement here:

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How are service-learning students different from other volunteers?

Service-learning volunteers are different from other volunteers because their work with you is part of a university class which provides them with the opportunity to earn course credit as they engage in activities that address community priorities.
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Spring 2016 CLIP Government Interns

MU students are ready to descend upon the Missouri Legislature this coming spring 2016 semester. Student interns are from various degree programs across MU and bring varying perspectives and skill-sets to Jefferson City, MO.
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Taking Service Global

The MU Office of Service-Learning Global Internship and Service programs offers students the opportunity to:

  • Engage with local communities abroad in meaningful ways
  • Use what you learn in the classroom to make meaningful contributions to communities abroad
  • Meet genuine needs of your host country

Global Service Programs combine academic studies, community engagement, and immersion in another culture to give students deep, meaningful international experiences. Through partnerships with local community organizations and schools, students engage with members of their host country through sustained service activities, benefiting the local communities and fulfilling critical human and environmental needs.

These programs are interdisciplinary in nature, allowing students from a variety of academic majors to participate. Service may involve teaching, health education and outreach, community development, environmental projects, business development, tourism, construction, or a variety of other activities that contribute to the well-being of individuals, communities, and nations where the MU students serve.

Upcoming Event

MU Sue Shear Fellows Women's Leadership Roundtable

Tuesday, March 8th, 6-8pm

518 Hitt Street

Columbia, MO

The 2015 Sue Shear Fellows: Rebecca Greenway, Polly Haun, Maria Juarez, Kayla Loveless and Jacquelyn Olson will host the inaugural MU Sue Shear Fellows Women's Leadership Round-table on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016. This event seeks to bring together leading women in the areas of policy, education and community engagement along with former and present MU Sue Shear Fellows, undergraduate and graduate MU student leaders for round-table discussions on topics, including women's participation in the policy process, women's leadership in the community, networking, balancing work and life, and goal setting.

For more information about or participation in this event, please contact Christina U. King with the Office of Service-Learning at

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How can we be of service?

Between 2006 and 2015, the MU Serves Project has increased community collaboration from 160 to 290 community partners as well as 156 government offices, and over the last eight years, student participation in service-learning projects has increased 81% from 2,429 students in 2006 to 4,395 students in 2015. Service to the community has increased by 87% from 97,200 hours in 2006 to 208,727 hours in 2015. From 2006 to 2015, a total of 32,402 students performed 1,333,553 hours of service to the Columbia community.