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Service Learning Expert Comes to HWS

On March 9-10, pioneering service-learning leader Nadinne Cruz will come to campus for a discussion with students and faculty members.

The faculty session will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Sanford Room on Monday, March 9. The student discussion will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the following evening, Tuesday, March 10 in the Sanford Room. 

Cruz has developed model service programs across diverse institutions of higher education.  At the same time, she has pushed this field to think more deeply, critically and reflectively about its philosophical and practical underpinnings and its impact on communities. 

As Executive Director of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs in St. Paul, Minn., Cruz led a network of 18 colleges and universities to develop community-based learning programs. As director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, Cruz led an elite research university to embrace the academic and social value of service-learning.

She is co-author of “Service-Learning: A Movement’s Pioneers Reflect on its Origins, Practice, and Future” and the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honorary Doctorate Humanis Causa at Carleton College, the National Youth Leadership Council’s Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award, and the University of Massachusetts – Amherst Distinguished Citizen Scholar Award.

Now an independent consultant, Cruz works nationwide with colleges and universities, national and state Campus Compacts, and the California State University system on service-learning and civic education. 

Cruz also has worked at Swarthmore College, as the Lang Professor for Issues in Social Change, and at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs in St. Paul, as the executive director.