Serve 2 Learn


UMKC Service-Learning/Community Engagement

UMKC is connected and engaged with Kansas City communities through many innovative faculty and student projects. On this page, UMKC Service Learning keeps a running list of courses with a significant community engagement component for three purposes: 1) To help students interested in learning in a community context know where to look for courses. 2) To give visibility to the faculty members who embrace this teaching methodology. 3) To help Kansas City community organizations conceptualize possible ways of connecting with UMKC. Please note this list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. Some of the courses have utilized UMKC Service-Learning or Serve 2 Learn and others have not.  To bring together the list, faculty members share basic information about their courses with UMKC Service Learning.
Faculty wanting more information on how to get started with service-learning - contact Alexis at or 816.235.5872.

Fall Semester 2012

  • CE411 – Civil Engineering Capstone:  We design small civil engineering projects for local government.  In 2012-13, we are working with City of Leawood, City of Olathe and Johnson County (KS) Public Works. This course will continue into spring semester.

  • DH 4220 Community Oral Health Field Experiences puts the students into the community working with populations in a setting different than the traditional dental office.  Students participate in fluoride varnish programs, dental screening programs, do oral health presentations to elementary classrooms, and provide dental hygiene services at an on-site dental clinic in a long term care facility.

  • ENGL 110 - In Introduction to Academic Prose (Petri), students are pen pals with boys at Gillis in their residential treatment program.
  • ENGL 225 - Writing About Place (McKeever), students complete service-learning projects at Della Lamb, Don Bosco, Glory House Services, and Jewish Vocational Services.
  • ENGL 225 - Examining Cultural changes and Identity in America

    (Jordan). In this 225 course, students are investigating American identity through multiple genres. Students analyze the changes and influences that make up what it means to be “American.” The course also utilizes a "hands on" approach through service learning components by interacting with people of multicultural backgrounds.

  • ENGL 225 - Intermediate Academic Prose (Johnson), has a service-learning focus on food justice. The students are working with Harvesters, Cultivate KC, Episcopal Community Services, and Badseed Farm.
  • HLSC 490DH -Diversity in Health
  • LLS - Intro to Latino/a Studies students will be assisting Alianzas with the Hispanic Needs Assessment.
  • NURS 230 - Issues in Aging
  • LAW 8752 Guardian Ad Litem Workshop -- Advanced study of guardian ad litem practice. (GAL). Topics may include adult and child orders of protection, requirements for guardian ad litem appointments, role of the GAL, ethical considerations, working with social workers and other professionals, and best practices in investigation, recommendation, and representation. Students will partner with volunteer attorneys to act as guardians ad litem in order of protection cases. Prerequisites: Rule 13 eligible.
  • LAW 8790 Legal Aid Clinic -- Internship at offices of Legal Aid of Western Missouri. Students receive instruction in basic poverty law representation and techniques for experiential learning and, depending on placement, are given supervised instruction and practice opportunities in client counseling, fact investigation and discovery, case preparation and pleadings, community advocacy and trial techniques. Faculty and Legal Aid attorney supervision. Limited enrollment. Concurrent enrollment in certain courses may be required for some field placements. Ungraded. Pass/fail.
  • LAW 8662 F Family Court Clerkship--Second or third-year students will serve as law clerks to judges and commissioners in the family court of Jackson County. Students work at least 80 hours at the court and attend review conferences over the course of the semester. Pass/Fail.
  • SOC/ANTHRO 300 - Latin American Immigrants and Refugees students have the option of helping Alianzas with the Hispanic Needs Assessment.
  • SOC 313 - Sociology of the Aging Woman students complete service-learning at Highland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation.
  • SOC 404WI - The Sociology Capstone: Senior Seminar (Smith)students are working with area nonprofits to help with grant writing projects. Nonprofits: Alianzas, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, Habitat for Humanity, Harvesters, Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, Jewish Vocational Service, LISC Greater Kansas City, and Westside Housing.
  • UPD 260 - History of Planning and Urban Design requires students to work along Troost Avenue to develop a historical analysis of several city blocks and how they’ve changed over time. 

  • UPD 340 - Neighborhood and Community Development is  focused on 31st and Troost with participation from neighborhood organizations and other representatives of service agencies. Teams of students are developing neighborhood profiles which will be presented to neighborhood leaders at the end of the semester.

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