Service-Learning (SL) courses provide students with a service experience in the community beyond the classroom that is guided by the UIW Mission goals of promoting social justice and service and is aimed at developing concerned and enlightened citizens. The following criteria define what counts as a SL course:
Complete information for student benefit will include in writing on the syllabus/outline:
UIW draws inspiration from a long Judeo-Christian tradition of thinking about doing good in the community. The 10 themes of Catholic Social Teaching summarize that teaching: http://www.cctwincities.org/MajorThemesCatholicSocialTeaching. Non-Catholic students will recognize these values/principles as similar to those inspired by other faith traditions as well as those in faith-neutral documents such as in the 30 Articles of the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml#ap.
For a comprehensive reflection, faculty can have students address all questions in the Guide below. A shorter reflection may focus on the shaded items including the one related to the UIW Mission (see page 2).
What? did I see/hear/do—
So What? my reaction—
Now What? thinking about— the facts, thoughts/feelings, the future
( Endorsed by the Board, 3/1/96; revised: 3/11/10, 12/5/14)
The first Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, three young French women motivated by the love of God and their recognition of God's presence in each person, came to San Antonio in 1869 to minister to the sick and the poor. Their spirit of Christian service is perpetuated in the University of the Incarnate Word primarily through teaching and scholarship, encompassing research and artistic expression. Inspired by Judeo-Christian values, the Catholic intellectual tradition, and Catholic Social Teaching, the university aims to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens in the global community.
The university is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. Through a liberal education the university cultivates the values of life-long learning, development of the whole person, faculty and students supporting one another in the search for and the communication of truth, thoughtful innovation that serves the spiritual and material needs of people, care for the environment, the demands of living out social justice, service in the community, and understanding global challenges.
The University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good.