Thomas Segar, IUP vice president for Student Affairs, announced
the transition of the Office
of Service Learning to the Center
for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement (MCSLE).
“I am excited about this transition and the opportunity to enhance
the IUP student experience through linking service learning, leadership, and
engagement through a multicultural lens,” Segar said. “MCSLE will continue the
excellent work of our Career and Professional Development Center colleagues.”
its Mission and Vision statement, “MCSLE
provides opportunities for students to develop skills that enhance lifelong
problem-solving, relationship-building, communication, and decision-making
abilities in our complex, diverse society. MCSLE promotes the development of a
university community characterized by student involvement, unity, inclusion,
and multicultural competence, while respecting and supporting the needs and
desires of members of affinity groups to gather and celebrate distinctive
cultural backgrounds, traditions, and experiences in safe spaces.”
While part of the Career and
Professional Development Center, the Office of Service Learning coordinated several projects
and events, including Into the Streets, the Community Involvement Fair, university
blood drives, the Angels’ Wings program, and the Community Service Learning
Federal Work Study Program. In the past, the program
received recognition for six consecutive years from the
national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for
exemplary service efforts to America’s communities
“The CPDC recognizes the importance of students gaining practical
and relevant real-world experience to best prepare them for their professional
path and to make them more competitive in the job market,” Tammy Manko,
director of the Career and Professional Development Center, said.
“Service learning and community service provide outstanding opportunities for
gaining such experience. While our team in the CPDC values civic engagement,
recognizes its importance, and enjoyed our work with the OSL, we advocated for
this program shift because we believe the office is more appropriately situated
in MSCLE where service opportunities can be incorporated in a more creative and
Drylie, MCSLE assistant director, program coordination, communication, and
assessment, will oversee the Office of Service Learning.
“I'm excited to get started on the different
projects that come along with the merge and hope to increase engagement and
participation within the programs and get more students to utilize the Service
Learning program,” Drylie said.
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