About Community Involvement and Service

Mission

To promote positive social change through experiential learning opportunities and foster understanding of Missouri State University’s public affairs mission.  


Vision

By promoting a campus culture that inspires community engagement, Community Involvement & Service aspires to develop students who are active citizens of enhanced character, sensitive to the needs of community, competent and committed in their ability to contribute to a global society, and civil in their habits of thought, speech, and action. 


Values

In our work to support and enhance the Public Affairs Mission, we value:

  • Cultural Competence
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Community Engagement
  • Inclusivity
  • Social Change
  • Active Citizenship
  • Reciprocity
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Humility
  • Learning
  • Growth

Programs

Community-Engaged Learning works with the MSU and Springfield communities to provide curricular and co-curricular service-learning opportunities.  Some include:

  • Ongoing service experiences
  • Bear Service Days and large scale service events in the Springfield community
  • Bear Breaks Immersion Programs
  • Connections to local community agencies
  • Food access through the Bear Pantry
  • Community Engagement Consultation for individuals, groups, and departments

We are committed to the ongoing success of both community-based programs in Springfield and MSU students, faculty, and staff through reciprocal partnerships. 


Why Serve?

Service is just one way you can get involved in the greater community and help contribute to social change. Through service, you are making a larger impact in the community than you can ever imagine.  You are also able to connect and apply your academic knowledge to real-world, community-identified issues.

  • Students getting involved with service are helping agencies accomplish their goals.
  • Service promotes understanding of diversity including issues of ableism, racism, sexism, and many others.
  • Students also gain crucial leadership skills including self-confidence, critical thinking skills, conflict resolution, and desires towards social change.