“Service Learning provides an opportunity for my students to immerse themselves into other cultures and exposes them to other ways of thinking and learning, it is always an eye opening experience for them. Often times they continue their service in subsequent semesters even though they are no longer required to because of the significant impact the experience had on them. The Office of Community Based Learning builds a bridge between my class and the field. They help identify my needs, my students’ needs and the community partner needs and provide us all with ongoing support to ensure that the service learning experience is a systematic and controlled process. The support from their office has been phenomenal!”
Alexander Lapidus holds a Ph.D. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Composition. He is an English as a Second Language teacher-scholar at USM and specializes in applied linguistics, the theory and pedagogy of multiliteracies, and cross-cultural communication.