Suggest a Service-Learning Opportunity

The SALT Project is Lipscomb’s service-learning initiative that allows students to

  • Connect meaningful service, relevant academic work and critical reflection
  • Apply knowledge and skills to specific service projects
  • Grow and develop academically, spiritually and civically

Service-learning opportunities through The SALT Project are collaborative and mutually beneficial projects where community partners, along with Lipscomb faculty and students work together.

Service-learning is distinctly different from volunteerism. In service-learning, the service experience is the vehicle for learning, and students are required to crucially reflect on their experience and connect it to a wider academic, civic or personal/spiritual context. Click here to learn more about the differences between service-learning and volunteerism.

Service-learning could not take place without our Community Partners! We know that service-learning results in increased capacity at community agencies and in enhanced services to clients. The SALT Project welcomes your service-learning project ideas and suggestions.

Please use the electronic form below to submit a proposal for a service-learning project.  To submit additional service-learning opportunities, click here for an abbreviated form.

Service-Learning Suggestion












Criteria for Service-Learning Opportunities:

  • The organization may be nonprofit, public or private in structure; the service-learning project must meet community, environmental or social needs.
  • The service-learning work must have a clear connection to the student’s (service-learner’s) academic program or learning objectives.
  • As a part of the service-learning experience, students should have some contact with the agency’s clients or constituent groups.
  • Students will be expected to communicate with the service site, but agency staff must ensure that the site is ready to receive service-learners and provide the support needed for students to effectively contribute to the work of the agency.
  • Before beginning the project, the agency will provide the service-learner with appropriate information, orientation or training.  This may take the form of:
  • Agency literature/background information
  • A formal training session
  • A presentation by agency staff.
  • The agency contact person, volunteer manager or supervisor will communicate with service-learners and faculty to ensure that the all partners are having a meaningful and beneficial experience.
  • Under agency risk management procedures, service-learners should be considered agency volunteers.
  • The agency should be able to support students as they connect their service experience with their learning goals and objectives.

The purpose of the SALT Center is to ensure successful and mutually beneficial service-learning experiences for all participants through The SALT Project.  Please contact Christin Shatzer, Director of Service-Learning via email or at (615) 966-7225 with any questions or concerns.