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Service Learning

We believe it’s our responsibility to nurture in our students the importance of building community — here on campus, within their neighborhoods and in partnership with the area organizations that provide resources to those in need.

Giving back is a core part of the PDS experience. It's about understanding others' perspectives and journeys, sharing your experience with others and, together, forging a new shared experience full of meaningful teaching and learning. Our students collaborate with one another to develop action plans, build these reciprocal partnerships and become more empathetic, forward-thinking citizens of an ever-changing world.

"At PDS, students are given the opportunity to discuss the complexities of the 21st century, build empathy as they begin to understand and question issues and become engaged citizens as they take action."

Director of Service Learning Marjorie Gibson '84 P'10 '11 '12 '17