Service learning is an innovative teaching and learning strategy that integrates service into course curricula. It highlights reflection, responds to compelling community needs, develops students’ academic skills, and fosters a culture of civic and social responsibility.
Hawai'i Pacific University became a member of Hawai'i and Pacific Island Campus Compact (HIPICC) in the 1994. Service learning at HPU was housed in the Office of Student Affairs until 2000 when it moved over to the Office of Academic Affairs Teaching and Learning Center. In 2005, it moved to the School of Education where it currently resides.
Service learning at HPU involves students working in collaboration with nonprofit organizations and businesses to meet community needs as part of their course work and University programs.
The mission of our service learning program is to build partnerships with the community for the purpose of mutual growth and understanding, to help learners test theory in real life applications, and to provide a supportive environment for thoughtful, active, lifelong learners who believe they can make a difference in their community.
This initiative is a cross-curricular collaboration of the academic programs at Hawaii Pacific University. In addition, this initiative fosters collaborations between faculty, students, and over community agencies statewide to provide service to the community.