This page is for you as a student to find out how you can connect your academic interests and coursework at the University of Miami with service to and involvement in the community through hands-on, experiential education that is transformative.

Major Initiatives and Student Opportunities

Civic Scholars Program: The University of Miami encourages students to promote positive social change in the greater Miami community as engaged citizens. Students have the opportunity to cooperate in co-curricular service activities through more than 40 service-based student organizations and volunteer service projects. This program is offered through the Office of Civic and Community Engagement and the Butler Center for Service and Leadership at the University of Miami. To sign up for more information, submit a request on the Civic Scholars Engage page or email  

Civic Engagement High School PartnershipThe Civic Engagement High School Partnership promotes increased competency in core academic subject areas—History, English, and STEM disciplines—as well as builds and sustains a college-going culture at  traditionally underrepresented and historically underperforming Miami-Dade County Public Schools. History and English majors partner with Southridge High School teachers in history and language arts to enhance the curriculum, give guest lectures, and mentor students. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors participate in the Science Made Sensible Program, which enhances the public school curriculum with innovative activities and fosters intellectual engagement among the youth of our community. Interested in learning more about these partnership opportunities? Click here for the application and additional information.

Service-Learning Courses: Courses that link the classroom and community through hands-on, experiential education that is transformative. These courses:

  • Promote the interrelationship of teaching, research, and service through theory, action, and reflection in response to community needs.
  • Develop and translates academic knowledge, critical thinking, and community engagement into civic responsibility.
  • Foster mutually beneficial collaborations between the university and the community to promote positive social change.
  • Incorporate reflection on the relationship between the community-based component and academic coursework into the course curriculum.
  • Outline service learning objectives in the student learning outcomes.

Do you think one of your current or past courses would benefit from incorporating community engagement as a component of the curriculum? Or, do you have an idea for a community-based project, but don’t know where to start? If so, please let us know.