Our Work


For the last 25 years, the Center for Social Impact, formerly the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center, has provided co- and extra-curricular student programming through the department of Student Life in Student Affairs. We also support Academic Service-Learning as directed through Academic Affairs.

With our updated mission of "Driving social impact by connecting students and community," we now promote a framework of diverse pathways for active citizenship that goes beyond volunteerism and service-learning. This framework is founded on two nationally-recognized models.

Pathways of Public Service

Developed in 2010 by Stanford University's Haas Center for Public Service, the Pathways of Public Service describe a range of possibilities by which we can make a contribution to the common good. These pathways intersect and overlap, demonstrating the interdependent nature inherent in working toward the common good. There is no one single path and people move in and out of these pathways over time.

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Direct Service

Working to address the immediate needs of individuals or a community, often involving contact with the people or places being served.

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Community Engaged Learning & Research

Connecting coursework and academic research to community-identified concerns to enrich knowledge and inform action on social issues.

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Social Entrepreneurship & Corporate Social Responsibility

Using ethical private sector approaches to create or expand market-oriented responses to social problems.

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Policy & Governance

Participating in political processes, policymaking, and public governance.

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Community Organizing & Activism

Involving, educating, and mobilizing individual or collective action to influence or persuade others.

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Donating or using private funds or charitable contributions from individuals or institutions to contribute to the public good.

Active Citizen Continuum

Developed by Break Away, a national Alternative Break nonprofit, this is a powerful framework that is used not to put people into categories, but to give language to the journey one takes as they become more engaged, inquisitive, and forward-thinking toward active citizenship.

Active Citizen Continuum

Combined Model at UVU

By combining the Public Service Pathways and the Active Citizen Continuum to encompass a broader venue for active citizenship, we design programs, initiatives, and collaborations to move students along the continuum from pathway entry points to more substantial community learning experiences.


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
  • volunteerism
  • civic engagement
  • another topic of your choice

Contact Lori Phipps at lori.phipps@uvu.edu or call 801-863-8786 to schedule a presentation.

Meet Our Staff

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Summer Valente



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Dr. Jon Westover

Academic Service-Learning Director


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Amber Hendrickson

Community Partnerships Coordinator


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Marissa Getts 

student Programs Coordinator


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Lori Phipps

Administrative Assistant


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Monica Morris

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