Service Learning and Cross Cultural Intiatives

"Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities." 

-The National Service Learning Clearinghouse 

"To improve individual health and build healthy communities, health care providers need to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities." 

-U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The Service Learning Program of our Westbrook College of Health Professions seeks to connect students, faculty and staff with opportunities to engage in meaningful and mutually beneficial service activities within a variety of community settings. 

Our ultimate goal is to enable every student in the College to participate in service as part of their UNE education. We believe this will enhance their program of study, broaden their understanding of societal health challenges locally, nationally and internationally, and instill in them a lifelong commitment to serving others. We believe our commitment to service will also positively impact the health outcomes of the individuals, communities and populations we serve.

To realize this goal, the College pursues a variety of cross cultural immersion opportunities. These immersions expose students to living, learning and working within collaborative social and academic environments, and provide them with exposure to communities and cultures different from their own.