Service Learning

Service Learning

Service Learning is where service, leadership, and ethics meet for the common good.

The mission of the Service Learning Program at High Point University is to engage students in an experiential and interdisciplinary learning environment that promotes their understanding of and commitment to responsible civic leadership. In our turbulent global times, HPU employs its liberal arts mission to prepare students to be active, knowledgeable, and responsible citizens. The Service Learning Program engages students in connecting the theory of the classroom with the practices of good citizens, encouraging community-based research, active problem-solving, and a growth mindset that fosters creativity and social innovation.

Service Learning courses can be found in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum of the University, in Liberal Arts majors courses, and throughout the University’s professional schools. But wherever these courses are found, students will be active participants in their education and community.

The growth in civic learning and democratic engagement at HPU has been extraordinary! In 2011-2012 the Service Learning Program offered 4 courses in one department, but in the 2014-2015 AY, we offer 24 courses in 14 majors with a total of nearly 400 students who served in the community as they studied in class. That’s an increase in 8,875 hours of service in just three years. In the 2014-2015 AY alone, the SL Program intends to have students serve about 10,000 hours in the City of High Point — that service is estimated to have an economic impact of $210,400.

 Bonner Leader Update: The Final Semester

4 February 2015

As I enter my final semester of college, I am able to look back and reflect on the experiences I have had over the past 3 and a half years. From the beginning of freshman year up until now, I have definitely been able to see maturation in the type of person and student that I have become. When I graduated high school, I felt prepared for college. I could even make the argument that I was prepared. I excelled academically, I was a very focused and motivated student, I was a good communicator, I held several leadership roles, I was sociable, and so on. My first semester of college served as a strong indicator of how prepared I was. I made the Dean’s List and performed well in all of my classes. However, once I started to become active and engaged in different activities, I began to see all of the ways in which I was not prepared for college. I was not as organized as I thought I was, I did not manage time very easily, and I also had trouble seeing things all the way through. All of these areas are critical not only to a successful life in college, but also for a successful career post graduation.

Fast forwarded to the final semester of my last year in college as an undergrad, I can see all of the improvements I have made. This has been a tough year for me. I had my most challenging classes, the most workload, more responsibilities, and less available time. No matter how many times I wanted to give up, or not want to put my best effort forward, I thought back to all of my experiences as a Bonner Leader. I thought back to community members I worked with. I asked myself, what if these people gave up? What if these people stopped searching for a place to stay? What if these people gave up on finding resources to help their families? By being a part of the Bonner Program, I have had the privilege of getting to know and working alongside some of the bravest, most determined, and hardest working people I have ever known. These people have helped inspire me. These people, combined with my increased leadership role in the Bonner Leader Program, have allowed for me to improve in the areas that needed improvement. I have been managing my time much better. I have become better at prioritizing and once I start something, I do my best to stick with it with it until it is completed. The Bonner Leader Program has given me an invaluable amount of experiences and has provided me ample opportunities to grow as a person.

– Duchanté

 Spring Service Learning Class Highlights


ENG 2230 Literature and Community with Dr. Walker (Spring 2014)

Partnering with the Culler Senior Center in High Point and Pennybyrn at Maryfield, this English literature course developed a program called HPU LifeLines. LifeLines uses poetry to bridge the gap between High Point University students and the elderly community. Poetic experiences are provided to fulfill the interests and desires of our community partners. The reciting of poems combined with interactive activities and the joint writing of a poem strengthens the friendships between the elders and the students. This poetic journey also provides stress relief to all that participate in the workshop. Read more about the project at their website: Also read the recent story on the class featured on the HPU homepage.



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