Service learning is a structured learning experience that combines community service with mentored preparation and reflection. Students provide community service in response to community-identified concerns and learn about the context in which illness develops, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their roles as citizens and professionals.
In support of our university’s service mission, students use what they learn both inside and outside the classroom to empower medically underserved communities in San Antonio, South Texas and around the globe. The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics' Community Service Learning (CSL) Program provides a structure to engage faculty, staff and institutional support of these activities. Melanie Stone, MPH, MEd, has directed the CSL program since its inception in 2008.
This university-wide dedication to helping others has earned our institution a place on the United States President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since 2009. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Our university is the only health science center in Texas, and one of only eight health science centers across the nation, recognized by the Honor Roll.
Ruth Berggren, MD, Director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, says, "We are unique among health science centers in Texas in prioritizing community service learning as an ideal way to model interprofessionalism and to prepare a relevant health workforce for our state. We are proud of the leadership our students exhibit, and of their transformation into community-connected healthcare providers who work to reduce disparities and enhance access to healthcare."
News and Updates
We've launched a brand new online CSL Directory! Through the directory, anyone can view completed CSL projects, a list of mentors, and community needs posted by organizations. Those with UT Health San Antonio credentials can log in to submit CSL project resports, apply for CSL grants, and submit mentor profiles. Click here to view the directory.
Our students engage in CSL in 14 counties across Texas.
To view a list of current and past community partners that have resulted in CSL projects, click here.
Organizations: click here for information on how to become a partner with our CSL program.
To download the CSL Handbook as a PDF, click here.