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Service, University & You

This Residential Learning Community brings together students living in Ellsworth Residence Hall, who have an interest in taking a specially designed section of UNIV 101.

Service, University & You is a Learning Community focused on service and society, what it means to be service-oriented, and the role of service at KU. Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become involved with leadership on and off campus. Using critical and intersecting lenses, course readings and assignments challenge students to think about the varied roles that serving others plays in our lives. 

UNIV 101
Sarah Crawford-Parker, Office of First-Year Experience

The two-credit-hour UNIV 101 or Orientation Seminar course associated with this Learning Community is small, enrolling about 19 students. In addition to addressing issues concerning service, students develop capacities and have learning experiences that will transfer to a variety of campus and life contexts. By becoming a part of the Service, University & You community, you will come to know campus better, will more fully understand your individual and team strengths, will practice and develop critical thinking skills, will learn about information literacy and research, and will gain memorable experiences. 

Sarah Crawford-Parker serves as an Assistant Vice-Provost and Director for KU's Office of First-Year Experience. In this role, she oversees programs to challenge and support first-year students and help them to establish a strong foundation for earning a KU degree. Sarah holds a Ph.D in art history from the University of Kansas. She has taught courses in Western and African art history. In 2008 and 2009, she co-directed KU summer study abroad programs in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. She has also taught for the Humanities and Western Civilization semester study aboard program in Florence, Italy and Paris, France. Sarah's campus involvement includes serving as an advisor for KU Alternative Breaks. 


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