Social Action and Integrative Learning
School of Integrative Studies | College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

Service Learning or Community Based Learning (CBL)

At SAIL, we use CBL as an umbrella term for experiential learning that balances student learning and meeting community needs.  This includes projects such as service-learning, advocacy, skills-based service, or community based research. If you are interested in hosting community based learning participants (students who engage in service as a part of a course), please contact Carrie Hutnick, Faculty and Community Development Coordinator at chutnick@gmu.edu and we can work to get you connected with a faculty member hosting a community based learning course. Community based learning participants volunteer for your service agency as a course requirement under the guidance of a faculty member. The creation of service learning partnerships requires the approval of academic departments and takes careful consideration from both the faculty involved and service agencies. These relationships often result in long-term partnerships that provide agencies with volunteers and GMU students with valuable learning opportunities.

Internship/Federal Work-Study

If you are interested in hiring George Mason students for paid positions at your agency, the Center can help. Through this program, the SAIL staff will work with you to become an eligible Community Work-Study (CWS) employer. They will then help you in recruiting students to fill the Community Work-Study positions at your agency. As a CWS employer, you can hire Mason students and pay only 30% of their hourly rate. Ideal positions are service-oriented and provide learning opportunities to George Mason student employees. Contact Patty Mathison, SAIL Director at pmathiso@gmu.edu for more information

Mason Service Corps

Students in Mason Service Corps will earn one academic credit for every 45 hours of service in the community. Enrolled in a course, these students will reflect upon their experiences and engage in critical discussions around community engagement, social responsibility and social justice. Please consider hosting one or multiple George Mason students at your organization. To be considered as a Mason Service Corps service site, please contact Patty Mathison, SAIL Director at pmathiso@gmu.edu.

Making Connections on Campus

If you have a project idea and want to collaborate with a Mason campus school or department, but are not sure who to contact, SAIL is a good place to start. Social Action and Integrative Learning helps community-based organizations and neighborhood groups to explore opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships with faculty, students and staff; make linkages with Mason schools, departments, and centers; as well as student organizations and student groups on campus.

Field Studies

Experiential learning opportunities facilitated and supervised by faculty are common for certain disciplines, such education, social work, or environmental conservation.  Your organization may be the perfect host for a field work project.

Volunteer Fairfax

Posting Volunteer Opportunities-Volunteer Fairfax

Volunteer Fairfax maintains a database of current volunteer opportunities, where volunteers can search by criteria, such as: location, volunteer interests or applicable skills. Many of the nonprofits and service agencies in our area post both their volunteer and their donation needs with Volunteer Fairfax. We direct students looking for volunteer opportunities to utilize the Volunteer Fairfax database and encourage you to post your opportunities and events on their database.

Community Service

Some associate this term with compulsory work, such as court ordered service.  SAIL does not facilitate placements for service that is court-ordered or required through Mason's Office of Judicial Affairs. 

Evaluation of Service-Learner

If you have hosted a student who is taking a course in conjunction with your organization please fill this out at the end of the semester. We will be sending you a reminder via email about this evaluation.

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