Learn & Serve

What is Learn and Serve Niagara?

The purpose of Learn and Serve Niagara is to promote among all members of the university community the knowledge, values and skills necessary for lifelong engagement in the pursuit of social justice. The involvement of Niagara University in service and social change relates to our mission, which urges solidarity with and personal responsibility for insuring the dignity of the human person, especially the poor and marginalized.

During the fall 2014 semester, Professor Joe Sirianni worked with his CMS 120 students asking them to select an agency, become involved and write a feature story based on their experience.

Learn and Serve Niagara's website will be featuring a series of these stories during the spring 2015 semester. Click here to view a story written by NU student Kathryn Dickie.

What is Service Learning?

Service learning, a type of experiential learning, seeks to promote the mission of the university by enhancing academic skills and lifelong learning, by promoting and advocating for social change, by attempting to instill in its students the value of service to others as a way of living and to encourage students to support and sustain good community relations.

Courses with service-learning components are offered in every college and in almost every academic department. Students are involved in projects, ranging from working with the Niagara County District Attorney's Office in the domestic violence program to doing historical research for nonprofit agencies to providing assistance to community members in tax preparation.