July 17, 2009 – In the spirit of Virginia Tech’s motto “Ut Prosim,” Students Engaging and Responding through Volunteer Experiences (SERVE) offers first-year students a unique introduction to Virginia Tech and the surrounding New River Valley communities through service.
In this living-learning community, students spend time volunteering with local non-profit organizations and learning to “be present in” and “have an impact on” their new surroundings. These “in-the-field” ventures are paired with in-class discussions, reflection sessions, and speaker seminars to focus on personal leadership development and civic responsibility.
SERVE is a program through the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP). Our mission is to help Virginia Tech’s students, faculty, and staff create and sustain reciprocal partnerships that are mutually respectful of the strengths and needs of all parties.
The center is founded on a core belief that student-community interaction is essential to transforming students into global citizens and establishing competencies related to service, leadership, multiculturalism and internationalism, and personal, moral, and ethical development.
We focus on the critical connection between our land-grant university and the many communities it serves, believing that if engagement is to be effective, it must be reciprocal. In so doing, the center enriches and strengthens the university’s discovery and learning missions.