A new campus department is now available at Ashford University.

The Office of Service and Leadership will focus on giving students the opportunity to take leadership roles in the community. Audra Adams, service learning administrator, said service learning will be the main component of this initiative.

“Service learning brings community service into the classroom and integrates it with established learning objectives,” Adams said.

The new department will help students connect with volunteer and career exploration opportunities throughout the Ashford campus and surrounding communities.

“This initiative is very exciting for our students,” Adams said.  “We have very bright, intelligent students who really want to make a difference. The OSL will give our students the ability to serve others while discovering themselves in the process.”

There are two main ways for Ashford students to serve in the community.  The first is through service learning which is administered through the OSL and facilitated by a professor of a specific Ashford University class. The student will earn academic credit for the service and there will be a formal time-tracking system and evaluation process. 

The other way for students to be involved is giving time through volunteering. Adams is asking community organizations with volunteer opportunities to send their contact information to her at serviceandleadership@ashford.edu.   

“The truly amazing thing about the Office of Service and Leadership is that it is student driven,” Adams said. “This initiative was started to give our students a more well-rounded experience at Ashford and we are dedicated to doing just that.”

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