International Studies and Programs Campus and Community Service Project

2002 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Internationalizing the Campus

Nomination submitted by: Steven E. Hoiberg, Advisor, Program for International Professional Development, International Studies and Programs

Program Mission 
The International Studies and Programs Campus and Community Service Project began in 1999 because of a perceived need to expose international students at University of Nebraska, Omaha to social problems and volunteerism in the United States. The original version of the program accomplished this by first conducting field trips to institutions which dealt extensively with common social problems in the US, followed by volunteer service at these and other locations. Upon completion of the original program in December of 1999, administrators looked for ways to continue the unique combination of education and service that it offered.

About a year later, it was decided that the volunteering aspect of the project would be made a permanent requirement for all degree-seeking international students attending UNO on Non-Resident Tuition Scholarships (NRTS). The project in its current form began at the start of the Fall 2000 semester, and since then has been running strong. In both forms, this 'service-learning' project has been tremendously successful.