About Us

The Volunteer & Service-Learning Center is dedicated to providing service and service-learning opportunities for UVU students, faculty, and staff. Through programs and projects in the classroom, the community, and the world, the Center works to increase social and cultural awareness, build a sense of community commitment, and extend meaningful educational opportunities that increase knowledge and enhance academic skill.

The Volunteer & Service-Learning Center opened in the Sorensen Student Center in 1993. As the needs of the Center expanded, Volunteer and Service-Learning began to reach out to academic departments on campus to increase its ability to provide greater connections between service and learning. In 2001, the Center opened in its current incarnation. The partnership that now exists between academics and student life is unique on campus and represents a great opportunity to enhance and increase available services to students, faculty, and the community.

The Volunteer & Service-Learning Center is staffed by a full-time Director, Summer Valente, and a full-time Program Coordinator, Laura Christopherson, and a part-time administrative assistant, Tracy Taylor. Dr. Jonathan Westover, is a full-time faculty member who receives 6 credits of reassigned time to coordinate academic service-learning initiatives. The Center is supported by work-study students and student leaders (Student Service Council). The Center is funded through student fees and academic affairs.

Volunteer & Service-Learning Center Presentation (pdf). If you would like someone from our office to present on the services we have to offer or to present on another specific topic such as student professionalism, breaking the stigma of poverty, civic engagement or another topic of your choice please contact Tracy Taylor at tracy.taylor@uvu.edu or call x8786.

In support of the mission, the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center works with students, faculty, and staff to provide opportunities and support in the following areas:

Meet our Volunteer & Service-Learning Center Staff