Being an engaged, active member of the community is an important Millersville value. In 2013, Millersville University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with distinction, for the third time. The Freshmen Year Experience fosters this attitude of civic engagement and responsibility.
First-year students develop leadership skills and gain life perspective through volunteerism. This may occur through community service outside of the classroom. Sometimes, it also occurs in conjunction with course work. In higher education, this practice is called service-learning. Students learn by serving others and help the community in the process. Through UNIV 103, many seminars have service-learning components that are coordinated through Millersville University’s Civic and Community Engagement and Research Project (CCERP). For instance, students studying extinction may work on removing invasive species from local parks, students studying homelessness may volunteer at a shelter for homeless individuals, and education majors may provide after school learning opportunities for local elementary or middle schools.
As a larger campus community, UNIV 103 students, their peer mentors, and advising faculty members participate in the United Way of Lancaster County’s Day of Caring each year.
Of course, students are strongly encouraged to engage in civic responsibility outside of UNIV 103. Contact CCERP to participate in additional service-learning projects across campus and visit the Volunteer Central Website for more service-learning opportunities.