Workshops and Leadership Opportunities

Pathways to Service: Workshop Series 

The Pathways to Service describe the variety of ways people can use their knowledge, skills, and talents to improve their communities. Many of these pathways overlap, allowing you diverse experiences to help you determine which pathways are the best fit for you.

Go to our Pathways page to view all of the descriptions.

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Pathways to Service Series: Volunteer & Mentor/ Educator

October 10 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Kansas Union: Jayhawk Room

Join Mark Gordy, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Serving Douglas County, and representative from KU's Center for Community Outreach to learn about serving your community by volunteering or guiding others through mentoring or educating.

RESERVE YOUR SPACE for this program.


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Pathways to Service Series: Advocacy & Policy Shaping

October 30 at 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Kansas Union: Jayhawk Room 

Join Center for Service Learning (CSL) and speakers for light refreshments and discussion about pathways to service through policy shaping and advocacy. Former Kansas State Representative John Wilson and KU School of Social Welfare representative Melinda Lewis will be discussing their pathways to these two areas. If you are interested in influencing and shaping decisions for the public interests through policies or laws, or creating awareness and action on issues that impact the community through advocacy, this is the event for you!

RESERVE YOUR SPACE for this program.


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Pathways to Service Series: Social Innovator

November 14 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Capitol Federal Hall Colloquium

Join the Center for Service Learning (CSL) and speakers from KU and community innovators to learn about different ways to make changing impacts within communities through social innovation. There will be free pizza, an exciting challenge within this program, and more information about CSL's programming, pathways to service, as well as the certificate in service learning.

RESERVE YOUR SPACE for this program.

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Pathways to Service Series: Researcher

November 28 at 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Spooner Hall Commons

Join the Center for Service Learning (CSL), the Center for Undergraduate Research, and a student speaker to learn more about why Research is an important pathway to help improve communities from the student perspective. Rock Chalk Talk will immediately follow the workshop, where there will be food and snacks there for all. Don't miss out on learning more information about CSL's programming, pathways to service, and the certificate in service learning, as well as more information on why research is important. 

RESERVE YOUR SPACE for this program.

Leadership Opportunities


Leadership in Service Organizations


The Center for Community Outreach works to encourage active volunteerism in both local and global communities. There are 12 unique student-run programs that respond to different community needs.

The different leadership opportunities within the CCO, consisting of 12 Coordinator positions, as well as 5 Staff positions. A variety of leadership positions turnover each year. If interested, contact CCO for more information.



Alternative Breaks is a student-run service learning organization operated by a group of 18 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas. Alternative Breaks provides annual volunteer trips for approximately 800 students, serving over 50 volunteer organizations. There are week-long Winter, Spring and Summer programs, as well as weekend breaks.

For more information, go to Alternative Breaks coordinator positions.


New for Spring 2018: CSL Student Advisory Board

The Center for Service Learning's Student Advisory Board is a leadership opportunity for KU students who are actively involved in service to gain leadership skills and promote service among other KU students. CSL promotes ethical service, service learning classes, and offers Pathways to Service workshops. The Student Advisory Board will be actively engaged in shaping those efforts. The members may range from KU freshman to graduate students, and will help cultivate and foster the relationship CSL has with KU students, faculty, and community partners.

Student Advisory Board Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  •  Develop recruitment tools to encourage students to become certified in service learning.
  • Be available for Center for Service Learning outreach activities such as speaking in classes, tabling events, and Pathways to Service workshops.
  • If not certified with the certificate in service learning, be flexible to gain general understanding of the certificate.
  • Help CSL staff plan and carry out educational programs such as the Pathways to Service workshops. 
  • Assume responsibility for special assignments as requested by the Director and Assistant Director. 



  • Opportunities to promote change and education among KU students, faculty, and community organizations on behalf of the Center for Service Learning.
  • Gain leadership and volunteer experience.
  • Make connections with other students, KU staff and community partners involved in service.


Required Qualifications:

  • Enrollment as a student in good academic standing at the University of Kansas.
  • Ability to meet two times a semester with the entire board, along with a Center for Service Learning staff member.
  • Assist directly in planning at least 2 Pathways to Service workshops per semester.
  • Commit to serving at least one year on the Student Advisory Board. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with community service, service learning, and program development.
  • Experience in working with students and student groups. 

CSL is committed to KU students, to advise and guide the CSL Student Advisory Board. If you are passionate about gaining leadership experience, helping to cultivate a KU community that values the importance of service, and interested in introducing different service pathways to KU students, submit your application below. Applications will close September 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

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