Words to Know

Below are the Center for Service Learning & Leadership’s Words to Know for all PNC students, faculty and staff.

Service Engagement
Service Engagement is any service focused endeavor that brings the community into the university and the university into the community,
while addressing a social concern, ultimately leading to a fully engaged campus and community. Activities may include: service learning, community service, volunteerism, some internships, some field experiences or practicum, some research activities, and some consulting activities.

Service Learning
Service learning is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience which combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Service learning courses involve students in organized community service that address local needs, while fulfilling course objectives. Through this process, students are able to develop and/or enhance their academic skills, personal values, and sense of community responsibility.

Community Service
Community service is an on-going activity, either short- or long-term, where the primary emphasis is on the service being provided and the primary intended beneficiary is they service recipient. This activity may or may not be connected with an academic course or campus organization, and the act of reflection may be included.

Volunteerism
Volunteerism is any one-time activity where the primary emphasis is on the service being provided and the primary intended beneficiary is clearly the service recipient. This activity may or may not be connected with an academic course or campus organization, and does not include the act of reflection.

Civic Engagement
Civic engagement is a politically-based community service activity which involves participation and contribution to civic and public life through voting, political advocacy, lobbying efforts, and staying politically informed.