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In 1998, the Office of Service Initiatives was created to cultivate community service and integrate service into the learning experience. This office was realigned and became part of the Center for Career & Service-Learning (CCSL) in 2004. In Fall 2008, the CCSL was renamed as the Academic and Career Enrichment Center (ACE). In 2013, service-learning was aligned with community service and campus ministries.

Service-Learning Courses

Service-learning is an important part of Notre Dame’s mission. Courses that incorporate service-learning provide students with the opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom into the community in a variety of ways. Interaction with diverse groups, real life problem-solving, and real-life complexities provide rich learning opportunities when coupled with guided reflection, class discussion, and skilled analysis relating to course content.

Service-learning courses may be offered in any discipline at the undergraduate or graduate level. Courses offered with a service-learning component are so noted in the course catalog. Students are encouraged to discuss service-learning interests with faculty members.

International Service-Learning

The first international service-learning course was successfully completed in the summer of 2008 by two students. They worked with a SSND convent in Peru. This has continued each following summer and new opportunities continually being considered to expand service-learning opportunities abroad.

Annual Service-Learning Award

Awards for outstanding commitment to service-learning have been given to a faculty member and a student each Notre Dame Day since the award's inception in 2007.





Kathleen Marie Engers, SSND
Professor of Communication Arts

Bridget Smith '07


Joanne Gladden, Ph.D.
Professor of Nursing

Steffani McQuerry '08


RaeAnn Wuestman, Ph.D.
Professor of Education

Rebecca Jones '09


Sally Wall, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Michelle Santos '10


Susan Barber, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History

Stephanie Uza '11


Leonor Blum, M.A.
Associate Professor of History

Brianna January '12


Linda Stilling, SSND
Professor of Modern Foreign Languages

Marianna Milkowski '13