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Service Learning

Service-learning at Oklahoma City University gives students opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom through service in a community-based setting. This experiential learning helps students see how what they are learning has an impact on the world and community around them. The work also benefits the important mission of community partners to help make Oklahoma City a more flourishing community.

Since 2004, service-learning has been a requirement of the OCU general education curriculum, and every undergraduate student completes at least one service-learning course before graduation.

    Bug Collecting in Creek - Biology Service Learning Course
    Bug collecting in Mustang Creek
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    Vivian Wimberly Service Learning Endowment

    The Vivian Wimberly Service-Learning Endowment was created to encourage and support faculty who teach courses that allow students to apply their classroom learning to real-world experience. Beginning with the fall 2021 semester, service-learning faculty have the opportunity to receive a stipend through the Vivian Wimberly Endowment. Awards will be offered for new courses and some repeat courses that include an updated component.

    Vivian Wimberly Service-Learning Endowment stipends will be awarded through an application process. Application instructions can be found here. Applications for spring semester classes are due the third Tuesday in September. Applications for fall semester classes are due the third Tuesday in February. Tuesday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m. is the application deadline for Spring 2023 classes.

    Contact Mark Davies at mdavies@okcu.edu if you have any questions about the application process.

    Fall 2023 Awardees

    Janice Carr - Community Health Nursing
    Emma Winters-Difani - Community Art Education w/the Children's Center

    Spring 2022 Awardees

    Lynette Martin - Business Communications & Technical Writing
    Pam Melson - Community Nursing
    Dr. Natalia Starostina - World History Since 1500
    Emma Winters-Difani - Fresh StART Print Making

    Fall 2021 Awardees

    Christa Bentley - Music Seminar: American Music in the Civil Rights Era
    Beth Landon - Directed Study in Biology: Blue Thumb
    Julie Russell, Kay Sandel, and Erin Bond - Lab for Dance Teachers I
    Emma Winters-Difani - Fresh StART Screenprinting