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Teaching Race & Ethnicity through Service Learning

Michael Smith.

St. Anselm College, a small private Catholic college in Manchester, New
Hampshire's has developed a Model for Service Learning emphasizing the rigorous
integration of academic content with the service learning experience. For many of the
students in my Race and Ethnicity course, service learning is their first opportunity to interact with a community of persons who are racially, ethnically and/or economically
different from themselves. This paper describes the individual student service learning
experiences, the benefits derived by both service learners and the communities they
serve, and course content is integrated with their service learning experiences.
Additionally, this paper explores how the St. Anselm College's Model addresses the
potential problems, raised by Hironimus-Wendt and Lovell-Troy when their service
learners are introduced to these diverse communities.


Michael Smith  (United States)
Assistant Professor
Sociology Department
Saint Anselm College

Ph.D. & J.D. Northeastern University
Professor for Boston University & U.Maryland throughout Europe and Middle East [1981-1992]. Now teaching at Saint Anselm College and practicing law.

  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Service Learning

(Virtual Presentation, English)