La Salle University’s culture is rooted in the Christian Brothers’ tradition of faith, service, and community. Service is such an integral part of life on campus that La Salle has been recognized several times on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. La Salle has also been selected for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Community Engagement Classification, an honor reserved for just a small fraction of colleges and universities that can demonstrate a true commitment to the local and global community.
The scope and innovation of La Salle students is evident in the contribution of more than 50,000 hours of service on an annual basis. In sites such as Habitat for Humanity projects, homeless shelters, hospices, daycare centers, food banks, schools, and churches, students have applied their talents, skills, and energies to meeting the needs of others locally. During the Lasallian Day of Service, one of the many events held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the University in 2012–2013, more than 1,000 students, alumni, faculty, and staff volunteered their time to civic and social organizations regionally and across the nation in a single day.
Many students join established outreach organizations on campus, and there are also opportunities to perform community service through coursework. For example, communication professor Mike Smith, Ph.D., incorporates service-learning into his Public Relations Seminar. His students work with nonprofit organizations to create, execute, and evaluate public relations projects ranging from planning special events to creating campaigns. This work raises student awareness and addresses community need.
The following programs and departments have incorporated service-learning components into their courses:
- Criminal Justice
- Digital Art and Multimedia Design
- Honors Program
- Integrated Science, Business, and Technology
- Leadership and Global Understanding
- Political Science
- Social Work
- Women’s Studies