Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Brown Foundation Grant Will Help Establish UNO Office of Service Learning

Brown Foundation Grant Will Help Establish UNO Office of Service LearningA $300,000 grant from Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Foundation will help to establish an Office of Student Learning in UNO. Edwin Hunter of the Brown Foundation, seen at left, presented the gift today to UNO President Peter J. Fos.

A $300,000 grant over five years from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation will help the University of New Orleans establish a new Office of Service Learning. The goal of the office is to engage undergraduate and graduate students in academic work that intersects with the needs of community organizations.

"We are grateful for the Brown Foundation's generosity," said President Peter J. Fos. "The University of New Orleans already has a strong history of student and faculty volunteerism. This grant will enable the University to strengthen the bonds with community organizations by bringing service learning into our coursework and providing incentives for students and faculty to get involved."

UNO's service learning program will include scholastic awards and course credit for students as well as scholarships for prospective students who have a track record of community service. The program will encourage faculty involvement through stipends, administrative assistance and training.

Office of Service Learning staff members will help faculty to identify and involve community partners as well as develop procedures for evaluating the service component of each course.

The mission of the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation is "to alleviate human suffering." The Foundation is involved in funding medical and environmental research; housing for the homeless; organizations who care for the sick, hungry or helpless; religious and educational institutions; and organizations and groups concerned with improving local communities. The Foundation's efforts are concentrated on Louisiana and Mississippi with a focus on South Louisiana, the New Orleans area and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


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