Service Programs

Community-Based Service & Learning

The Center for Servant-Leadership encompasses a robust portfolio of community-based service programs that provide a variety of services to the St. Peter community and surrounding area. The programs are coordinated by 40+ students and provide service opportunities for roughly 1200 student volunteers each year. Each program was established with community involvement and works directly with a community partner or organization to meet the identified needs, providing a hands-on, tangible service.

To learn more about each program, follow the links below.

Life Skills

Academic Achievement

Healthy Lifestyles

Intercultural Understanding

Animal Rights and Advocacy

Affordable Housing

Service Program Core Values

Our approach to service is focused on the betterment of the campus and St. Peter community. Our various service organizations aim to create the positive change students, staff, faculty, and the community want to see. These programs align with the core values of Gustavus and the Center for Servant Leadership with the goal of personal and professional growth through the work done for others. Our approach to service is based on four core values that frame and drive our programming efforts. They include:

Serve

We willfully employ our talents and assets by serving the community in a relationship demonstrating mutual respect, genuine interest, and servant-leadership.

Engage

We strive towards the development of depth within community, volunteer, and constituent partnerships through open communication and active involvement of all relevant parties.

Evolve

We recognize the complexity of communities and the ever-shifting nature of human social dynamics. Therefore, we are committed to identify changes in community needs and to develop our programs as necessary.

Learn

We keep our minds open to the acquisition of new skills, information, and life perspectives that expand our competency and fulfillment as individuals.