Letter of Welcome

Welcome to the Drake University Service-Learning & Community Engagement Website! This webpage is designed to be a resource for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners to learn more regarding service-learning and community engagement at our institution.

Service-Learning and community engagement are a significant pedagogy that can be used to fulfill Drake University's mission to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. For the past twenty years, research has shown service-learning and community engagement foster one of the best experiential and collaborative-learning environments for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Service-Learning and Community Engagement are designed to link service to learning outcomes in order to deepen the student's development process. It goes beyond charitable work and "doing good." It is a partnership, meeting a community need, while building the knowledge and skill sets of students.

I am proud to be at an institution that values the work of service-learning and community engagement. I hope you find the webpage useful and it serves as a launching pad for more thought provoking conversations, the development of service-learning curriculum, the advancement of teaching and learning, and the enhancement of community engagement.


Mandi McReynolds

Director, Community Engagement & Service-Learning

Drake University
Old Main 319 C
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505
Phone: 515-271-2338
Fax: 515-271-2836


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