Loyola University Chicago


Center for Experiential Learning

Why Serve?

"I am so happy I was able to have this experience because not only did I experience community service, but I feel so much more connected to my community now than ever before." Kara Becker, Service-Learning Student  

Chicago is a diverse, international city that amid its strength and beauty harbors pain, neglect, and injustice.  Loyola University, a Jesuit university with a deep commitment to social justice, is well-situated to reach beyond the campus to serve humanity in fresh, exciting, and innovative ways.  

Service-learning as a teaching and learning tool is a dynamic response to the mission and values of Loyola University:

  • The mission of Loyola University reads:  We are Chicago's Jesuit, Catholic University-- a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith.
  • One of the five characteristics of a Jesuit education is:  Service that promotes justice: Using learning and leadership in openhanded and generous ways to ensure freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth and care for others. 
  • In the spirit of Saint Ignatius, Loyola University encourages its students to:  Go forth and set the world on fire!
  • Loyola University asks that each student participate in engaged learning during the undergraduate years in order to live towards the vision of seeking new knowledge in the service of humanity...[valuing] freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth and care for others.

At the Center for Experiential Learning, we believe that service-learning and other forms of engaged learning enable students to apply the lessons of text book, classroom, and campus in our surrounding communities in ways that build the common good while growing your academic, social, civic, and vocational skills and knowledge.  You can respond, reach out, serve, lead, seek justice, be challenged and grow in incredible ways as an undergraduate at Loyola.  Whether you are studying the Humanities, Arts, Science, Math, Business, Education, or any other discipline, you can serve in ways that change the world!