The CSL at a Glance

The CSL Tree 

The Office of Community Service Learning consists of six branches: Coordinators, Language in Motion (LiM), Take a Break (TaB), Tiger Club, Community Engagement Scholars (CES), and Service Learning Assistant (SLA). Each of these groups branches out to promote active service-learning experiences.  


CSL Tree

Coordinator Branch

The coordinator branch provides,

1. Short-term, low-commitment service opportunities: intend to increase understanding and open dialogue about the social issues in our community.

(ex) Every Saturday we partner with a different organization as an opportunity for students to engage in service and the CSL provides all necessary coordination and transportation.

2. Offer a variety of events throughout the year: Food Justice Week, Sustainability Week, Into the Streets, Global Day of Service, Thanksgiving Dinner and Haunted Halls.

Language in Motion (LiM)

Language in Motion is a language and cultural outreach program where Willamette international and study-abroad student volunteers visit local K-12 classrooms to share their experiences. Both students and presenters enjoy the interaction, and K-12 students are able to experience cultures first-hand that they may not otherwise have access to.

Take a Break (TaB)

Established in 2001-2002, students from a myriad of backgrounds work in conjunction with Willamette staff, faculty advisors, and community agencies to focus on a wide variety of social issues such as literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness, HIV/AIDS and the environment during a school break across the United States.

Tiger Club 

Tiger Club is an after-school literacy program which offers additional academic support for students at Bush Elementary School through the mentorship and tutoring of Willamette University student volunteers.

This opportunity for individual attention enables Tiger Club volunteers to address students' specific academic difficulties in a positive way so that students can have the support systems in place for their success. It is a great opportunity to support the youth of the Salem community and to understand how to navigate classroom dynamics.

When?: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:20 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Community Engagement Scholars (CES)

The Community Engagement Scholars contribute to research, outreach, capacity building, and academic service-learning support for the CSL office. This branch increases the accessibility of service opportunities and works to match student interests with community-identified needs.

Service Learning Assistant (SLA)

The Service-Learning Assistant program allows students to work alongside professors to create service opportunities in service-learning courses. After the assistant and professor decide what service opportunities they want to pursue, the assistant reaches out to community organizations to set up these service opportunities for the students. The experience positively influences students and society because it allows students to see how topics addressed in their course connect to society while providing a service to the community.  


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