Office of Service Learning

Community Partners

The Office of Service Learning at Fairfield University encourages and supports service-learning course development, community partnerships for cooperative education, and meaningful reflection experiences.

Each year, 40 or more individual courses include service learning, involving hundreds of Fairfield University students and dozens of community organizations.

Building a Community Partnership

  • svc_habitatWe focus on harnessing the assets of the community: the partnering organizations and professionals, the University, the faculty, and the students.

  • The community partner and University faculty serve as co-educators; lessons learned from active service are directly applied to course material.

  • We strive for sustainability - the development of long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships with community organizations.

Interested in developing a partnership with Fairfield University? Contact Melissa Quan at (203) 254-4000 ext. 3455.

"Professor Weiden's tax class provided a unique way for accounting students to use their skills to become engaged in the surrounding community. Our group found their eager attitudes and expertise invaluable during the tax season; we always look forward to working with Fairfield University students."  - outreach advocate
Connecticut Association for Human Services, Hartford, Conn.

Examples of Partnerships

  • Federal Income Taxation II - This course partners with the Greater Bridgeport Family Economic Security Coalition, which facilitates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Students work at VITA host agencies as income tax preparers, helping hundreds of qualifying community members file their income taxes, free of charge, while learning about the impact of tax policy on local people.

  • The Adrienne Kirby Family Literacy Project - A long-standing partnership between Fairfield University and Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) provides opportunities for students to be involved in preventive intervention that helps low-income preschoolers and their parents in language and reading, while learning about child development and cognition.

For more, see our list of courses and descriptions‌.

Fairfield University Students work with Habitat for Humanity to provide families with decent, affordable homes