Service Learning Retreat to focus on Critical Service-Learning

The Service Learning Initiative is pleased to announce that the University's IDEALS Institute will lead this spring's Service Learning Workshop on "Entering Communities Horizontally: A DEI Approach to Critical Service Learning."

The spring retreat will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Arkansas Union. This training is designed to foster awareness, reflection and discussion about the roles of diversity, equity and inclusion in the practice of Critical Service Learning. Participants will be invited to collaborate in learning by sharing experiences, questions and perspectives related to community engagement and service learning in a thoughtfully facilitated environment. Participants will leave with resources to help guide further reflection, conversation and action of diversity, equity and inclusion with service learning students.

In fall 2018, the Service Learning Initiative distributed an adaptation of the SLIM to begin to assess student outcomes, and found that critically reflecting on experiences with students is an area of growth for the Service Learning Initiative. Faculty and community partners at all levels of experience with service learning are welcome and encouraged to attend.

A tentative schedule for the retreat is as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. — Registration and light breakfast
  • 9 a.m. to noon — IDEALS session (with break/s)
  • Noon to 12:15 p.m. — Lunch break
  • 12:15-12:30 p.m. — Updates on SLIM and faculty survey, announcements and giveaways
  • 12:30-1 p.m. — Final thoughts and reflection
  • 1 p.m. — Adjourn

Please complete the following RSVP by Monday, Jan. 27, if you plan to attend. Please direct all questions to


Katie Powell, associate director of student success
Honors College

Kendall Curlee, director of communications
Honors College


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