Service Learning


About Service Learning

What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning at Utah Valley University is an engaged teaching and learning strategy in which students participate in structured service activities that:

  • meet identified community needs,
  • enhance discipline-based knowledge and skills,
  • strengthen the community,
  • encourage in-depth understanding of course content and a broader appreciation of the discipline,
  • immerse students in the subject matter and its application, and
  • enhance the students' sense of civic responsibility and community engagement.

(see Bringle & Hatch, Michigan Journal of Community Service; National & Community Service Trust Act; Corporation for National and Community Service; National Youth Leadership Council)


New to Service Learning?

About Service Learning

Click on the links below to learn more about Service-Learning and what it can offer you!

Academic Service-Learning Director

Contact Dr. Jon Westover at 801-863-8215 or e-mail

Designating a Service-Learning (SL) Course

To be officially designated as a service-learning course at UVU, please complete the online-form.

Risk Management

Release of Liability forms are required for any activity off campus that is sponsored by the university, including service-learning. Please educate yourself HERE about the university risk management resources available to you.

image of female student cutting fabric with an elderly female for Adopt a Grandparent event


image of student helping cut wood for Habitat for Humanity

How can the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center help you?

  • Give ideas and examples of possible service-learning projects
  • Provide contacts to community agencies and officials supportive of service-learning
  • Assist in developing community partnerships
  • Help students identify useful service-learning projects
  • Direct you to useful resources to learn more about service-learning
  • Guide you in designating your course as a service-learning course
Service Scholar
Want to set yourself apart by doing service and receiving the Engaged Learning University Distinction on your transcript? LEARN HOW...
To learn more, contact:
Summer Valente
Director, Volunteer & Service-Learning Center
SC 105p
How to Get a Service-Learning (SL) Course Designation
Want to designate your class with a service-learning component?
(see section titled "Designating a Service-Learning Course")
Faculty Fellowship
The Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship trains and supports faculty in designing or modifying courses to integrate service-learning into the course curriculum. Click below for award details. Faculty Fellowship
To learn more, contact:
Dr. Jon Westover
Director, Academic Service-Learning
SC 105t

For more information, click on the following links to view our Service-Learning material:

Service-Learning Guide (pdf)
Service-Learning Reflection Guide (pdf)


Service-Learning Initiatives



To be officially designated as a service-learning course at UVU, please complete the online-form.

Waiver Form

Please contact Bruce Eliason, from the office of Risk Management, for a customized waiver form. He can be reached at 801-863-8245 or