The Service Learning Assistants program allows students to develop leadership skills, gain
valuable experience in peer mentorship and project management while earning money through
a federal work study job. The program has two main components – the service and leadership
component constituted by service-learning course coordination support, and the promotion of a
student culture of engagement supported by the SLA staff. The SLA program is a leadership
experience, providing students with opportunities to take an active role in shaping public service
at Tulane by working closely with faculty and students.
What Students Will Gain as Service Learning Assistants
What Students Will Provide as Service Learning Assistants
Service Learning Assistants provide 8 - 10 hours a week of support to their assigned courses.
The roles and responsibilities of individual SLAs are determined by the faculty member and
student in consultation with the SLA program coordinator. SLAs do not attend the class they
are supporting; availability to visit the class a few times over the semester is ideal but not
required. SLAs can assist with activities including but not limited to the following:
The program is open to Tulane undergraduate, provided the students can show good
communication and organizational skills and an understanding of Tulane's idea of Service
Learning. Students who wish to participate must 1) be in good standing; 2) submit a complete and accurate resume; and 3) have completed the first tier of the public service graduation requirement or demonstrate experience in service learning or community service. Service Learning Assistants are matched with faculty members either by
direct request of the faculty or in consultation with the SLA program coordinator.
SLAs spend their first semester in the work study position in training and shadowing the Senior
Program Coordinators. This time period is designed to assist SLAs in understanding their roles
and responsibilities relative to service learning coordination as an understanding of the
programs and services that the Center has to offer. This first semester provides a foundational
sense of group identity, shared strengths, and common goals between the SLAs and the course
coordinators. By the end of the first semester the SLAs will be partnered with two faculty
members for whom they will offer CPS coordination services. In the second semester, SLAs will
set up orientations, work with community partners to place students, gather paperwork and
timesheets and provide "office hours" for their peers for troubleshooting throughout the
semester as well as meet regularly with their faculty.
SLAs will receive professional development workshops over the course of the semester based
on group interest and need. Trainings typical of the program can range from workshops on
post-baccalaureate service abroad, grant writing, public speaking, and community organizing to
skills-based training on various software applications, etc.
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