Service Learning Faculty

Ben Dillow, retired, Dean of Special College Programs

Freshman Seminar 28: Mother Goose, Dr. Seuss, and Once Upon a Time.

College freshmen return to the first grade to study the concept of learning itself while tutoring children at Mustard Seed Tutorial Center in Redlands.

Yukiko Kawahara, Associate Professor of Asian Studies

Asian Studies 160-01: Growing up in Japan

By immersing themselves in Japanese culture, including teaching Japanese children about the United States and the English language, students gain hands-on insight while visiting another country.

Lawry Finsen, Professor of Philosophy

CSAC 360.06 - Service in Cambodia (2011)

Travel to Southeast Asia where we can learn about a very different part of the world while performing community service. When we are there, we spend our time working with NGOs dedicated to helping poor children develop skills that will enable them to lift themselves out of poverty in the future.

Xingan Jiang, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Philosophy 160-02: Chinese Civilization

Students learning the Chinese language and studying Chinese culture participate in teaching English to graduate students at Beijing University in China.

Kathie Jenni, Professor of Philosophy

Philosophy 160-01: Taking Animals Seriously

Animal rights, human ethics, and humane education are studied in this travel course held at one of the nation's largest animal sanctuaries in Knab, Utah.

Ivonne Gordon-Vailakis, Professor of Spanish

Spanish 360-01: Travel/Study Ecuador

Offering students the opportunity to learn Spanish while serving children at an orphanage and after school program, this course blends service and learning in rural Ecuador.

Fran Grace, Associate Professor of Religion

Freshman Seminar 30: Compassion

This course explores compassion and how it is nurtured (or not) in our society. Students serve locally and on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. Dr. Grace also incorporates service learning tie-in opportunities to many of her religious study courses.

Gregory Lackey, Adjunct Professor

Accounting 360-01: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Accounting and business majors learn how to prepare tax documents and serve the community by preparing income tax returns at no cost through support from the Internal Revenue Service.

Barbara Conboy

CDIS 260.01: Language, Culture, and Education in Guatemala

This course focuses on language, culture, and educational issues in Guatemala. Students will spend May term in the city of Antigua, Guatemala, and travel to other sites throughout the country to learn about Guatemala's languages, cultures, and educational approaches being used with children.

Erin Sanborn, Associate Director of Community Service Learning

CSAC 360.01 Into the Streets - May Term

The on-going objective of "Into the Streets" is to strengthen student participation in community service, identify problems that we face as a society and how one personally relates to those issues. Students are then challenged to consider ways to solve such societal issues as poverty, homelessness, discrepancies in education, health and wellbeing, conservation, sustainability, etc.

CSAC 360.01: Into the Streets - Spring Semester

The on-going objective of "Into the Streets" is to strengthen student participation in community service, identify problems that we face as a society and how one personally relates to those issues. Students are then challenged to consider ways to solve such societal issues as poverty, homelessness, discrepancies in education, health and wellbeing, conservation, sustainability, etc.

Bill Huntley, Professor of Religion

Religious Studies 411-01: Japanese Masterpiece Asian Literature

A long-running service learning experience that gives students real-world exposure to Japanese culture through teaching opportunities in Japanese elementary, middle and high schools.

Jennifer Nelsen, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies

Women's Studies 180-05: Feminist Community Engagement

This course explores activism and community building in feminist studies and gives students the opportunity to assist women dealing with sexual violence, battery, poverty and health issues.

Jim Spickard, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology 324: Hunger and Homelessness

Through service and internships, students work with a local agency that assists hungry and homeless people. They also learn about the organization's mission, and study the way the agency carries out its mission.

Jessica Medvec, Coordinator of Children's Programs, Community Service Learning

CSAC 360.02: Low Ropes Leadership

Lessons of teamwork, cooperation and problem solving are emphasized as students learn the fundamentals of low-end ropes course techniques. Hundreds of local youth participate in the leadership challenge.

Coordinator of Sustainable Gardens and Outreach, Community Service Learning

CSAC 360.04: Urban Gardens

Provide a community outreach program that will not only impact the on- and off- campus community gardens that we help, but also the participating students. The students develop basic gardening skills (i.e. cultivating, planting, pruning, etc.) through hands-on practice and they learn about the different aspects of urban gardening and the importance of sustainability.

Mara Winick, Professor of Business Administration

Business 310.01: Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior

Nearly 100 students a year work on around 12 consulting projects to help local and non-profit businesses with things from accounting systems, website development, advertising methods, and more. Students gain valuable work experience as well as direct involvement in their community, gaining a sense of empowerment that shows we can make a difference.

Sebastian Brown, Graduate Management Intern, Community Service Learning

CSAC 360-05: Coaching Skills

Build your coaching skills with fellow athletes and future coaches while creating and facilitating sports clinics for local children at the Redlands Recreation Center. Clinics in volleyball, golf, football, basketball, tennis, and soccer are desired. This course will teach some theory and a great deal of practical application.

Barbara Pflanz, Modern Literatures and Languages, Emerita Professor, German

First Year Seminar: Digital Imagination

Explore photography as a form of community service! Barbara takes her students to various community projects and organizations to take photos of their service. The students are taught photography skills as well digital mastering and community values. At the end of the semester, the students prepare a disk of photos that the organization can use for their website, advertising, decoration, or however they please.