At the First Global Uniservitate Symposium, held virtually in October, ACCU President Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, CM, greeted participants from Catholic higher education institutions all over the world and expressed his support for the program. “ACCU is humbled to serve as the regional hub for North America for the Uniservitate program. We believe that service-learning is a vital aspect for the ways in which our colleges and universities live out their faith,” he said, “and we know that participation in service-learning helps to strengthen our students' understanding of serving other people, those often on the margins of society and in need of compassion and care.”
ACCU will draw guidance and support from an advisory board of service-learning practitioners and scholars, representing a range of ACCU member institutions in terms of size, geographic location, and charism.
Financial support is being provided by a grant that will cover the association’s project expenses over the next three years. The funding will support the hiring of an intern to assist with data collection, offering small grants to researchers to look at developed questions, convening the advisory board, sharing information with the larger community, and hosting meetings, seminars, and conferences for the region.
“Uniservitate is an important program because it reminds all of Catholic higher education that our faith in action matters,” Holtschneider added. “While each region of the world, every different culture, and distinct charisms bring a unique approach to how service-learning is conducted on any one campus, the universal practice of institutionalizing service-learning at our institutions is an important goal for all of Catholic higher education to strive toward. Uniservitate seeks to accomplish this ambitious goal, and we are honored to have a role with the program” said Holtschneider.
Read more on the Uniservitate program page.
Nadine Jalandoni is ACCU's director of research.