Exploring the Relationship Between Service-Learning and Perceptions of Campus Climate

  • Isabel Lopez
  • Wei Song
  • Anthony Schulzetenberg
  • Andrew Furco
  • Geoffrey Maruyama


The authors explore the relationship between participation in service-learning courses and students’ perceptions of sense of belonging and campus climate. Curricular activities such as service-learning, which engage students in community service through a structured course setting, may promote diversity outcomes such as perspective taking and critical reflection about diversity, which could lead students to become more aware of racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic disparities. Using SERU data, the authors analyzed the relationship between these service-learning; campus climate and sense of belonging within different ethnic and racial groups. The results suggest that students in service-learning courses tend to perceive more negative campus-climate within their institution across different ethnic groups.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabel Lopez
    • 1
  • Wei Song
    • 1
  • Anthony Schulzetenberg
    • 1
  • Andrew Furco
    • 1
  • Geoffrey Maruyama
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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