Experiential Education and Learning (ExEL) at NSU offers students the opportunity to be exposed to hands on opportunities that will enrich their academic life while helping to reach their personal and professional goals.
One of the options students can choose to earn ExEL units is through Community Engagement. Community engagement opportunities allow students to connect with a social need they are passionate about in the local, national and/or global community through their volunteerism and targeted reflections.
Through the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, students have three opportunities to complete units in Community Engagement:
Ongoing Service with a Community Affiliate allows students to utilize their own connections in the local, national and global communities to actively serve and issue they are passionate about. This can be volunteering at your local animal shelter, serving meals to the homeless, volunteering for a medical mission trip and everything in between!
For those that already know where they want to volunteer or for those that may be searching for the right fit, SLCE can help guide you through the process to make your community engagement experience one that is reflective and meaningful.
“Active participation in service of addressing needs of the community through face-to-face and/or hands on volunteering that addresses a specific social need.”
Sharks and Service is an alternative break program that works to address social issues through collaborative community partnerships, meaningful service, transformative education, and reflective dialogue.
There are variety of trips offered throughout the academic year, winter break, spring break and summer break which are eligible for ExEL units. Students that participate in these experiences have the opportunity to travel to an area either, locally, nationally or internationally to serve a specific social issue.
Sharks and Service Trips, SAS, are designed for Sharks who are looking for a meaningful service that is a weekend or week long experience. Each SAS trip gives students the opportunity to learn and serve with a different social issue and community. You can find out more information about SAS by visiting our page here.
The Civic Action Scorecard was initially created by Miami Dade College’s Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy and has been adapted for Nova Southeastern University, to challenge students to increase and vary the ways they are civically engaged. The Scorecard is a tool to guide students through diverse action items to grow and strengthen their vital participation in the civic life of our community. Such action items include knowing your elected officials, reducing your carbon footprint, attending a local government meeting, donating blood, and visiting a museum. Students can choose from any of the items listed or create their own civic action as their navigate their civic identity.
Students will have the opportunity to navigate their own civic journey by completing this unit. Students will be asked to review list of 40+ actions and Create a Plan for Action.
Complete a minimum of 80 points based on the point scale allotted for each action. There are 370+ possible points to choose from.
A unit will be award after completion of documentation and reflection of actions.
Upon initation of the unit, students will receive a list of 40+ actions to create a Civic Plan for Action. The actions are divided among four broad categories for engagement. Here’s an added challenge: try to earn points from each category!