Volunteering: Developing the knowledge, skills, and values for civic and career readiness!

The Office of Student Life, in partnership with student organizations across campus, provides opportunities for students to engage in their local communities. Through mutually beneficial volunteer projects, students are immersed in impactful direct service with members of the surrounding community.

Volunteering is a two way street, we are serving and learning simultaneously. Through volunteer projects not only are we able to address an immediate community need, but we are able to learn about important social issues, how they effect those around us, and how we can more deeply work toward long-term change.

Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks engage students in capacity building, skill building, and identity development through community-based volunteer projects. Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a weak long service-learning experience, which immerses students in service within communities around the country. 

More information coming soon about ASB for the 2020-2021 school year.

Volunteer Service Days

Volunteer Service Days are a partnership between the Office of Student Life and Circle K, a service-oriented student organization on campus. These days are monthly coordinated opportunities for students to immerse themselves in our local community, both serving and learning from our neighbors. Being active through volunteering not only helps communities in need, but it also helps us to develop the knowledge, skills, and values to create positive change. 

More information coming soon.

Civic Leadership Board

Community Organizer, Alternative Breaks

Jalen Rose is a Junior studying Electrical Engineering. He is an Opportunity Scholar on campus and is serving as its president for the 2018-2019 academic year. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Jalen has gone on Alternative Spring Break (ASB) twice during his time here and the experiences were incredibly educational and impactful to him. They have truly changed his outlook on service learning and wants so badly to share these experiences with others. 

Community Organizer, Volunteer Days of Service

Keri is a junior pursing a double major in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Behavioral Science. In addition to her role on the Civic Leadership Board, she is an active member of the Pre-Law Association, the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Phi), and treasurer of Un.Chain.ed—a human trafficking awareness organization that she has helped to establish. Keri has also worked for the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Information Technology Services department and is currently working in the Office of Graduate Studies. She is passionate about community involvement, criminal justice reform, and mental health awareness. One day she hopes to combine these passions and become an attorney representing those in the criminal justice system with a mental illness and reduce mass incarceration through restorative justice.

Office of Student Life

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