Civic Engagement

The Office of Student Development (OSD), through Civic Engagement, has dedicated itself to fostering a just and humane society via community service and civic engagement. The program promotes service-learning as an integral aspect of education, fosters university engagement with the larger community and supports collaborative leadership and appreciation of diversity.

What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning is a participatory approach to learning which supports academic studies and helps develop the skills, citizenship, and values of students. Its primary goal is to encourage understanding and evaluate the intricacies of our diverse and interconnected world by becoming contributing members of a local and global community.

How Can I Receive Volunteer Hours?

  1. Participation in structured service-learning activities in courses you are currently enrolled
  2. Participation in Community Partners programs and events
  3. Participation in sponsored activities or events
  4. Participation in University-sponsored events that are approved

All services mentioned in the above four (4) ways will be credited as co-curricular community service hours on the student’s co-curricular transcript.

How to Log my Volunteer Hours Online?

To log your volunteer hours, please follow the instructions below:

How to log your hours in 1891Connect:

Step 1: Log into your 1891Connect Account

Step 2: Navigate to “Organization” in the header menu and search for Office of Student Development. *All service hours must be reviewed, verified, and approved through the Office of Student Development.* All other hours will not be official hours for co-curricular transcript notation and approval.

Step 3: Join the Office of Student Development. If your join request has not been accepted within 48 hours, please contact OSD at or 336-334-7792

Step 4: At the very top of your page, click the top right icon and in the drop down list select “Service Hours”.

Step 5: Click the +Add Service Hours icon and select the Office of Student Development as your organization.

Step 6: Follow the steps on the “Add Service Hours” page to properly request credit for your service hours. You MUST provide at least a one-sentence description of your service activities, as well as a verification contact, or your hours will be denied and you will be asked to resubmit them. In the description please list a verification contact phone number. If the community service project was done in collaboration with a student organization, please list in the description also.

How Can I Become a Community Partner?

It is our goal to provide our students with quality opportunities that promote and support student success. In order to become a community partner, all organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an established 501(c) (or in the process of).
  • Be located in the greater Greensboro area (Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Burlington)
  • Have a primary point of contact
  • Able to accommodate five or more student volunteers
  • Provide an orientation for student volunteers to familiarize them with the organization's mission, goals, and objectives
  • Ensure a safe work environment for the student volunteers
  • Provide necessary training, resources, supervision, and ongoing substantive feedback in an effort to support the success of the student volunteer
  • If applicable, agree to provide and cover any cost associated with the student volunteer duties
  • Provide opportunities that are relevant, significant, and or supportive in developing informed, responsible citizens

To begin the initial process, please complete the Community Partners Request Form and we will contact you within 72 hours.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at (336) 334-7792, or you may email the Office of Student Development at