Expanding knowledge and taking responsibility for effecting positive change throughout Texas are core values at The University of Texas at Austin. The Academic Service-Learning program furthers these values by facilitating the collaboration of students, instructors, and community partners on service projects that are beneficial to everyone involved.
Alternative Breaks are immersive service experiences that allow participants to engage in complex social and cultural issues outside the Austin area. During these trips, which take place during breaks in the academic calendar, students make a visible impact and engage in new experiences, while educating themselves about specific issue areas and learning tools to make a difference beyond UT Austin.
These students nominated by their deans represent formidable experience and student leadership in community service, and potentially the next generation of civic leadership in Austin. Over the course of their fellowship, LCCE Fellows have the opportunity to engage in discussions with residents and neighborhood associations in communities across the city and organize alongside residents to explore and define community priorities for revitalization. In addition to being advised by city and community leaders, students receive academic credit through a required enrollment in the service-learning course LA125.
The Council’s mission is to unite UT student organizations who have some type of service focus in their mission. As one council, member organizations come together to promote volunteerism on campus, advocate for underserved populations, educate others about the power of service, and celebrate the impact that Longhorns make every day in the community.
UT’s Largest Day of Service – this event brings over 2000 UT students, faculty, and staff together with an Austin neighborhood on the last Saturday in February. Partnering to complete beautification projects identified by neighborhood residents and community organizations, The Project aims to help neighborhoods in need while creating relationships between UT students and the Austin community.
The Tower Awards are presented annually to honor excellence in volunteerism among the students, faculty, and staff at The University of Texas at Austin. Awards are presented at a ceremony, which recognizes students, faculty, and staff of the university, as well as community agencies and university-community partnership efforts.
United to Serve is a system-wide initiative of The University of Texas to unite each of our campuses in service during National Volunteer Week. Each spring, students, administrators, faculty, and staff across the University of Texas System volunteer their time and talents to outreach events and service projects that are unique to erach campus, but coordinated under the banner of United to Serve.
The UT Service Scholars Program is a leadership and scholarship-focused program that provides professional development, leadership training, and networking opportunities for students committed to public service. Program participants will complete at least 300 hours of service prior to graduation, in addition to earning nine hours of academic credit, and presenting a capstone project to community partners, UT administrators, and city officials.
The UT Volunteer Fair provides students the opportunity to gather information from a variety of non-profits interested in working with the UT community. Fairs are held twice a year at the start of each semester. Interested agencies can sign up online beginning in August and January!
2014-2015 UT Volunteer Fair Dates:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014