Adapting to the Coronavirus Crisis

SDSU Services Learning Best Practices Exhibition: Responding to COVID-19

  • The Exhibition will showcase presentations by SDSU’s Service Learning Faculty Fellows on how to design impactful Service Learning practices, deepen learning and community engagement, promote student success, and readily translate to new contexts, during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, as we adapt to the unprecedented shift to virtual environments now underway.
  • Speakers
    1. Sarah Garrity, Child & Family Development, How Do You Build Theory to Practice When There Is No Practice?
    2. Young-Shin Lee, Nursing, In-Person To Virtual Nursing Education: Application Of Technical Skills
    3. Cynthia Park, Teacher Education, Turning On A Dime: One Service Learning Team’s Experience In Shifting To Digital Service Learning In The Time Of Covid-19
    4. Kaveh Abhari, Management & Information Systems, Authentic Social Learning In Time Of Crisis
    5. Iana Castro, Marketing, Food Access Challenges In Underserved Communities
    6. Megan Welsh, Public Affairs, Understanding Service Utilization And Survival Strategies Of Unsheltered People During The Covid-19 Pandemic

CSU and External Resources in Support of Service Learning due to COVID-19

Creating Virtual and Remote Service-Learning Experiences (three-part webinar series)

Additional Resources for Service Learning during the COVID-19 Crisis

Calls, Resources, Covenings and News for Service Learning and COVID-19



  • Campus Compact’s Education for Democracy Initiative Virtual Resource 

    Exchanges on College Student Political Participation. This six-part series is presented as a program preparing students for active and effective participation in public life. Each virtual resource exchange will feature a panel of experienced practitioners who will share best practices and resources and moderate an open exchange with participants. These exchanges are being offered free of charge, but all participants must register in advance to receive an access link. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the chair of the EFD implementation team, Irving Zavaleta-Jiménez [email protected].

  • NEW International Undergraduate Journal for Service Learning, Leadership, and Social Justice The Spring 2020 volume of the International Undergraduate Journal is live now! The Journal has been downloaded over 10,600 downloads from 142 countries. This is an exciting opportunity for your undergraduate students. The Journal  is dedicated to providing undergraduate students a venue to discuss their service-learning projects and experiences. The Journal considers three types of articles:

    1) Articles that discuss the development of a service-learning project and the impact of the project on the community served;
    2) A case study of a service-learning project;
    3) A reflection on service-learning and the development of personal leadership.


  • Teaching for Community, Without a Classroom—Virtual Conference April 18th, 2020. Virtual Conference hosted by the Community Works Institute on teaching digitally with community focus, without being able to meet in person. During the conference, veteran teachers and other practitioners will share innovative and highly doable ideas that break down physical walls, including using powerful storytelling techniques that cross disciplines. Register here.
  • Service Learning for the Public Good Conference—Digital Summit May 29th 2020. Salt Lake City Community College Thayne Center for Service & Learning is postponing until the fall of 2020 the May 29-30 scheduled conference due to public health concerns.  However they will be hosting a digital summit on May 29th in place of the in-person meeting. All registrants will receive a refund. Any questions, please contact: [email protected]
  • Conversations on Inside-Out Teaching and Learning La Salle University Friday May 1st, 2020. This half-day session will explore pedagogy and practice in The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.  Inside-Out instructors, affiliates, and alumni in the Philadelphia Area will facilitate discussions and break-outs dedicated to hands-on pedagogical development, practical issues related to teaching in prison, strategies for supporting inside and outside students post-course, and institutional challenges.  We will carve out time for networking with colleagues. More information coming soon regarding the event program and registration instructions. To find out more details or discuss the event immediately, contact Tara Carr-Lemke at [email protected] or 215.951.5120


  • Readjusting Routines while Affirming a Compassionate, Just Society. New resources have emerged to help everyone navigate the current pandemic while fiercely holding on to key democratic values of equity, justice, and public welfare. See Imagining America’s “Weaving Our We: Collecting Resources to Combat Isolation during the COVID-19 Crisis,” inviting others to share in “small yet significant acts of kindness.” The Iowa Campus Compact and Minnesota Campus Compact have compiled “Coronavirus and the Engaged Campus,” which provides resources on community-based learning amid social distancing. They are holding weekly virtual meetings on this topic every Friday at 2:30 p.m. (CT).
  • Interfaith Youth Core Hosts Webinar on “Unexpected Partnerships” Interfaith Youth Core will host a webinar on April 16 at noon (CT), with senior staff from Kenyon College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University talking about forging a connected relationship. This bond allows the neighboring institutions to approach civic engagement within their community on a united front. You can register for the webinar here. Iowa Campus Compact, Minnesota Campus Compact, and Interfaith Youth Core are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of twelve leading civic-learning organizations convened by AAC&U. Responding to the ambitious goals set forth in A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future, the CLDE Action Network coordinates, constructs, and advances efforts to prepare college students for informed and responsible citizenship and make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college. See the CLDE events calendar for upcoming civic conferences and webinars.