Service-Learning (SL) is a specially designed learning experience in which students combine reflection with structured participation in community-based projects to achieve specified learning outcomes as part of an academic course and/or program requirement. By participating in academic community partnerships at the local, national or international level, students gain a richer mastery of course content, enhance their sense of civic responsibility, and ultimately develop a more integrated approach to understanding the relationship between theory, practice, ideas, values, and community.
Civic Engagement (CE) connects UCBA with the community through service. This may take many forms, from individual voluntarism to organizational involvement, through both individual and collective actions. Civic engagement encompasses a wide range of long- and short-term opportunities such as working with a food pantry, tutoring youth or serving with a neighborhood association.