"The difference between social service and social justice is that social service works to allevaite hardship, while social justice aims to eradicate the root cause of that hardship." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Service learning asks RHCHP students, faculty and community partners to collaborate to identify and work to eliminate hardships and injustices in our world. Service Learning not only benefits the community in meaningful ways, but its influences are profound for Regis' students and faculty as well. You will find some of their stories below.

Mexico Immersion Trip

"Deciding to participate in the Immersion Trip to Mexico helped solidify one of the million reasons why I am here at Regis University as a student of pharmacy. With my desire to serve others, coupled with my love of traveling, I was able to experience the best of both worlds. Given the opportunity for this experience reminds me time and again, the value and prestige Regis University places on its motto, "Men and Women in Service to Others." As a pharmacy student of our inaugural class, I look to continue to be active in service trips and projects as a part of my education and training in becoming a pharmacist. My mission in life is to serve others the best I can with the most I have. I want to be a part of something good, something real." ~ Pharmacy Student

Project Homeless Connect

"Project Homeless Connect provided a mirror as to the ease at which preconceptions are conceived for individuals and variable populations. Through service with an external world, my internal world was irrevocably altered. Care is no longer a chariatable phrase, but rather a mark of social consciousness." ~ Accelerated Nursing Student

Arrupe Jesuit High School Health Fair

"After completing my first service learning project, I more clearly understand why it is emphasized so much in our curriculum. I have volunteered all my life, and never been impacted in this manner before. The difference between this and my past experiences is knowledge... we were giving people the ability to help themselves, and not just handing out meals. Seeing the impact that our knowledge had on the people at the Arrupe Health Fair was invaluable to my education, and I look forward to participating in many more services learning projects over the courses of my time at Regis." ~ Physical Therapy Student

Wind River Immersion

"[The Native Americans] have many things to teach us about stewardship toward the environment, the importance of our realtionships, and respect for all of creation. I am grateful for all of these things and I hope, as I continue to prepare myself as a nurse, these cultural experiences help sensitize me to social and cultural realities, and bring awareness to my own values and biases." ~ MS in Nursing Student

Seniors' Resource Center

"This partnership has really blossomed during this school year ['09-'10]. Both Regis and the Seniors' Resource Center has benefited from having the excellent nursing students in our Adult Day Program. The students have been innovative in working with the participants and in turn, the participants have enjoyed the extra attention." ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Gardens of St. Elizabeth

"The Regis students, and there have been many wonderful ones, have touched our community with the sharing of themselves. Each one has brought a unique contribution that has benefited and enhanced our community. It is especially satisfying to see the students get as much reward from their service as the residents are getting." ~ Activities Coordinator

Wind River Immersion Trip

"We are grateful for those students who volunteer their precious time to enrich Wyoming Indian School students' lives and understanding of health. It brings together our communities, so that hopefully my students can someday become yours." ~ Wyoming Indian School Teacher

Nursing

"Last year, I asked my management team for a special Christmas present. I asked that they join me in preparing a meal for the homeless. Although they were less than thrilled, how could they refuse? I could sense their hesitation, their unease and even dread in some of them. Even so, I was confident that they would benefit and I truly wanted them to experience the satisfaction I had felt in doing such a humble act. The expereince was a success for all. The homeless were delighted to have food and company and the managers finally engaged in conversations with them and it was so touching. The interactions were respectful, appropriate, compassionate and inspiring. There was genuine interest on both sides and it was actually hard for all of us to leave. On the way home, there was silence and expression of emotion. We all agreed that there is no greater satisfaction than helping someone in need and that the experience taught us that we take so much for granted. Their "gift" to me ended up being a gift to themselves as well."
~ Nursing Faculty