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Community Engaged Learning

What is Service-Learning and Community Based Research?

Service-Learning (SL) is an educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way to gain further understanding of the course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.

Community-Based Research (CBR) is a collaboration between faculty, student and community members. The ideal project is one where all parties are engaged at every step of the research process from identifying the problem, outlining the research questions, research tool development, collecting and analyzing the data, interpreting the results and producing final outcomes and recommendations. CBR has as its goal social action for the purpose of achieving social change and social justice.

Supporting Community Engaged Scholarship at Pepperdine

During the 2018-2019 academic school year, the PVC supported 82 service-learning courses that contributed 39,830 hours of service to Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and communities abroad.

Please contact us if you are interested in developing a Service Learning or Community-Based Research course or need support for a current course.

Peter Thompson
Director, Pepperdine Volunteer Center

Regan Schaffer
Faculty Director of Service-Learning

Pepperdine Volunteer Center
Tyler Campus Center Suite 230
Phone: 310.506.4143
Fax: 310.506.4827

Additional Support for Community Engaged Scholarship 

  • Community Engaged Learning Group
  • Service-Learning Advocates
  • Annual Service-Learning Workshop
  • Service-Learning Mini-Grants
  • Service-Learning Student Evaluation