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The program seeks to effect systemic change in Catholic higher education worldwide, by institutionalizing service-learning





The UNISERVITATE program, led by the Latin American Center for Service-learning (CLAYSS) through support from PORTICUS, aims to generate a systemic change in Catholic higher education worldwide, through the institutionalization of service-learning as a tool to achieve its mission of an integrated education, specifically incorporating the spiritual dimension.  Hilbert Student

In July 2020, CLAYSS approached ACCU and asked that the association serve as a regional hub for North America. Specifically, ACCU has been tasked with building a research plan to compile and systematize the region’s research and best practices in the spiritual dimension of service-learning; institutionalization models and processes among USA-Canada institutions; and the impact of service-learning programs on students, institution, and communities. ACCU will also facilitate dialogue in different cultural areas to compare North American findings with other regions’ points of view and findings.


2022 Annual Meeting Concurrent Session:  Service Learning and Community Engagement in Catholic Higher Education

2022 Annual Meeting Concurrent Session-YouTube Video

Advisory Board

ACCU is blessed to work with an incredibly talented Advisory Board, which will provide guidance and direction to our work on the Uniservitate program. The team comprises service-learning practitioners and scholars from diverse institutions in terms of size, geographic location, and charism. All are experts in their field and we are humbled to be working with them.


Advisory Board Members
Nick Cardilino, University of Dayton (Society of Mary) – Dayton, OH
Joe Henry, King’s College (Diocesan) – London, Ontario, Canada
Janet Nuss, Gwynedd Mercy University (Mercy) – Gwynedd Valley, PA
Jennifer Pigza, Saint Mary's College of California (Lasallian) – Moraga, CA
Howard Rosing, DePaul University (Vincention) – Chicago, IL
Allison Schultz, Siena College (Franciscan) – Loudonville, NY
Rachel Tomas-Morgan, University of Notre Dame (Holy Cross) – South Bend, IN
Andria Wisler, Georgetown University (Jesuit) – Washington, DC


Small Research Grants Available

Applications accepted September 2021 – June 2022

Interested in pursuing research to help advance this effort? A limited number of small grants are available to facilitate research projects that advance understanding of service-learning and Catholic higher education in the United States and Canada. Find out more!

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