The Office of Service Learning at Fairfield University was established to encourage and support service-learning course development, community partnerships for cooperative education, and meaningful reflection experiences. Each year, more than 15 individual courses include service-learning opportunities involving hundreds of Fairfield University students and dozens of community organizations.
Building a Community Partnership
- Our success with the Fairfield and Bridgeport communities comes from harnessing the assets of the community, the partnering organizations, the University, and the students.
- The community partner and University faculty serve as co-educators of students, and lessons learned from active service are directly applied to course material.
- We strive for sustainability. We aim for longevity in the service provided and to develop 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."
- Ellen Carter, outreach advocate
Connecticut Association for Human Services
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.
- Health Promotion Center - The Health Promotion Center (HPC) is a free-standing community nursing center based in Bridgeport, Conn. facilitated by Fairfield University's School of Nursing. Through the HPC, students, faculty, and staff provide health education, screening, referral, and follow-up services to underserved populations by working with community organizations and agencies, as well as with individuals. Students gain professional experience while providing needed healthcare and education.
Fairfield University Students work with Habitat for Humanity to provide families with decent, affordable homes