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Service Learning


SJI is responsible for developing, managing, and coordinating all service learning activities at Philander Smith College. According to Service Learning Clearinghouse, service learning is defined as teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experiences, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. At Philander Smith College we conduct four types of service learning activities:

  1. Direct Service Learning: Person-to-person, face-to-face service project in which the students' service directly impacts the individual(s) who receive the service from the students. 
  2. Indirect Service Learning: Working on broad issues, environmental projects, community development, development projections that have clear benefits to the community or environment, but not necessarily to an individual identified people with whom the students are working. 
  3. Research Bases Service Learning: Gathering and presenting information on areas of interest and need-projects that find, gather, and report information that is needed. 
  4. Advocacy Service Learning: Educating others about topics of public interest-projects that aim to create awareness and action on some issues that are in the public's interest. 


Below is a list of some for the local organization we have collaborated with our service-learning activities. 


Heifer International 

New Futures


Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families

United Cerebral Palsy

Goodwill Arkansas

Arkansas Foodbank

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas 

American Red Cross 

American Heart Association

Arkansas Insurance Commission

Habitat for Humanity 

Leukemia Lymphoma Society

American Lung Association

Women Lead Arkansas


If you are apart of a community organization who would be interested in Service Learning projects, please contact us at 501-975-8547 for more information.