The West Side of Buffalo offers teacher candidates a positive outreach into the international community and insights into our global world!
Under the tutelage of Buffalo State faculty and staff, service learning initiatives have been available for many years in the West Side Community. Mary C. Cummings, lecturer in the Department of Elementary Education and Reading, has been responsible for many of these outreach programs and initiatives, working with refugees across the city.
The Volunteer and Service-Learning Center (VSLC) leads efforts to integrate service with learning across campus while working to improve the success of local agencies and schools in meeting the needs of community residents. VSLC assists faculty who choose to incorporate a community-based learning project into a course to provide students with hands-on opportunities to learn course content while engaging with local groups in order to create long-term, meaningful partnerships with community agencies through service-learning, volunteering and other experiential opportunities for students.