Service Learning

Participants from the Health Equity Circle Best Starts for Kids Action Assembly

​What Community Engagement Opportunities can I get involved with at UWSOM?

There are two main pillars of community engagem​ent at the School of Medicine: Service-learning, advocacy, and community organizing.

Service-learning: Service-learning is a structured learning experience that combines community-based service or research with preparation and reflection. Students engaged in service-learning provide community-based service or research in response to community-identified concerns and learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and academic coursework, and their roles as citizens and professionals.​


Advocacy and Community Organizing: Health disparities are historically and systemically rooted and therefore require interventions beyond direct service.  Advocacy involves the act or process of arguing in favor of something or on behalf of an individual or community.  Community organizing more specifically involves the building and exercising of power in order to improve health equity and influence decision making, policies, and practices. ​

​If you are a UWSOM student, faculty, or staff got to https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/1176739 to learn more about how you can get involved with Service Learning and Advocacy.

If you are a member of the public, please take a look at our current service learning projects.

Useful Links​

Health Sciences Common Book Series

Service Learning Advisory Committee​ (SLAC)