Responding to the Needs of Others
The Center for Service Learning promotes excellence in teaching and learning through service. Anchored by the core principles of our founders, The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary ((RSHM) and guided by our curriculum, the Service Learning program provides integrated service experiences that enhance the curriculum and serve as an integral element in each student’s academic experience.
Every year, Marymount students, faculty and staff give numerous hours of service in the greater Los Angeles community to help others while applying what they learn to the classroom curriculum. This powerful form of education inspires and benefits everyone involved.
The Center for Service Learning staff members strive to offer meaningful academic experiences for our students that:
Since the inception of the Service Learning Program in the Fall of 2009, MCU students have provided 72,191 hours of service to the surrounding community.
The following are the Fall 2015 Service Learning classes and projects:
AM 251: “Digital Photography”–Promotional photography shots at several San Pedro events to support the marketing efforts of several local partner organizations
AM 261: “Digital Typography”–Message in a Bottle Project. Typography students create broadsides encased in bottles to mail to soldiers with a care package
Business 415: “Entreprenuership for Social Change”– varied projects chosen by individual students
ENG 108: “Introduction to College Composition”– Mail letters to soldiers with care packages
HED 130: “Human Sexuality”—guest lecture followed by tour and participation in afternoon programs at the Canyon Verde School for adults with developmental disabilities
HIS 330: “Latin America & Latino Experience” –Create an altar for the Dia de los Muertos celebration in San Pedro
ID 117: “The Art of Being Human”- 24 hours at Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor, Toberman Neighborhood Center, or participation in an independent service project
Music 164: “Jazz Ensemble”– Community performances at First Thursday
Psychology 150: “General Psychology” Tour and homelessness lecture at the Beacon House followed by a community meal at a monthly Bistro Night
SOC 175: “Modern Social Problems” –Students will rotate through several 2-hour shifts on Wednesdays serving in the food pantry, clothes closet, customer intake, and workshops at Harbor Interfaith Services
SCI 160: “Marine Biology” Participate in the 29th annual Coastal Cleanup Day hosted by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in collaboration with the California Coastal Commission. Mariners will join community members from every U.S. state and over 90 countries in this clean-up day
“Mini-Mariners” Extended Boys and Girls Club Projects
Education 110: “Foundations of Education”– After attending the gallery reception of the show “Be the Change: The Corita Experience,” on first Thursday in September, MCU students create a lesson plan centered on the art exhibit. They then partner with Club member to utilize the lesson plan at the exhibit
ENG 114-04 : “Analytical Reasoning and Composition”– Paired reading with elementary school students as a part of literacy portion of “Mini-Mariners” at Barton Hill Boys and Girls Club after-school program
ENG 170: “Survey of the Short Story”–College Bound Members of the Boys and Girls Club participate in class for the day after reading assigned stories
HIS 100: “Western Tradition I” –scavenger hunt at Los Angeles County Museum of Art partnering with high school students from the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club
SCI 224: “Introduction to Astronomy” –visit to the Griffith Observatory partnering with students from the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club High School College Bound Students
Residential Life Harvest Festival—Club Members and parents attend annual event planned by Community Assistant Staff and supported by SPRC residents