In their own words, testimonials from Faculty and participants in Community Writing @ Wayne:


Service-learning makes my courses meaningful to students. They see quickly how course work on writing and social issues relates to the people and communities they encounter in their service projects. They develop academic sckills and learn to work effectively across cultures. As a result, they can better understand and use the concepts they’re learning in class. – Gwen Gorzelsky, Wayne State Professor of English and Director of Composition


Before I discovered service-learning I was an active student-volunteer leader who addressed social issues and encouraged others to do the same. Service-learning provides me with something volunteering could not do alone: it allows me to explore different paradigms and design solutions beyond the limits of the non-profit realm. Now, instead of looking at volunteer service as an ultimate solution, I look at service as a way to unlearn what I think I know–which compels me to experiment utilizing disparate approaches when investigating complex community relationships. – Jessica Rivait, Wayne State English M.A., 2007


Service-learning, as well as community work in general, is one of the most effective ways I’ve found to integrate theory and practice for me and my students. It’s also challenging, dynamic and stressful, but never, ever boring. It’s impossible to get complacent in teaching a service-learning course or in creating a service-learning program. – Ruth Ray, Wayne State Emeritus Professor of English


I stay involved with service-learning because I think both people and institutions learn more effectively through relationships than through books alone. Service-learning is a way for me to stay integrated in my community. Finally, service-learning gives me one more way to keep my ideas and my writing in constant communication with my actions. – Justin Vidovic, Wayne State English Ph.D, 2011