Structured reflection is the key by which service experiences are transformed into learning. As the link between the service and the learning, reflection helps students to think critically, problem solve, connect to academic knowledge, and connect to career competencies. Utilize the reflection resources below to provide a deeper understanding of service.
- Why is there a need for your service?
- What do you perceive as the underlying issue, and why does it exist?
- What social, economic, political, and educational systems are maintaining and perpetuating the situation?
- What can you do with the knowledge you gained from this experience to promote change?
- What similarities do you perceive between you and the people you are serving?
- How are you perceived by the people you are serving?
- What do you think a typical day is like for the people you serve? What pressures to they confront?
- What personal qualities (e.g. leadership, communication skills, empathy, problem solving etc.) have you developed through your service experience?
- What contribution can you make to public understanding of this issue based on your service-learning experience?
- In what ways are you finding your involvement with service difficult? What have you found that is helping you follow through despite the difficulties you encounter?
Helping, Fixing, Serving
What, So What, Now What?
Social Change Model of Leadership
The Starfish Story
Power and Privilege
- Start with "Why": How Great Leaders Inspire Action - Simon Sinek on TED
- Danger of a Single Story - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on TED
- These Storied Streets - Homelessness documentary by Jack Henry
- Lost in America: A Documentary on Homeless Youth - Promotional Video
- Miniature Earth - Donella Meadows Institute