Service Learning and Community Engagement (SLCE)

These tools correspond with the SLS Student Learning Outcomes

Toolkit Nuts&Bolts

SLCE Nuts and Bolts

Welcome to the Nuts and Bolts of SLCE (Service Learning and Community Engagement)!

Toolkit Listing

Collaborative Problem-Solving and ReGenesis Case Study

This tool is a case study on the city of Spartanburg, South Carolina, a primarily minority-populated city which was found to be experiencing higher levels of health issues due to chemical plants and other polluting factors in the area. This case study examines how ReGenesis, a community-based organization, used stakeholder leveraging to address government and local officials and expose the inequity and injustice in Spartanburg.

This tool was contributed by Christian Braneon and Delaney Rickles. The affiliated case study, ReGenesis—A Practical Application of the CPS Model is taken from Chapter 4 of EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model (2008).

Smart City Kit

The Smart City Kit is a set of hands-on materials that supports collaborative scenario building activities. These activities can foster a greater understanding of smart-cities as socio-technical systems. Through these activities, students should develop an appreciation for how smart cities technologies fit or don’t fit into the fabric of everyday life in the city. The kit requires no background knowledge in design or participatory methods – complete instructions are provided. It can be customized for specific technologies or scenarios, and it can be used across the curriculum. 


The Smart City tool is available for check-out from the Serve-Learn-Sustain office. Email us to inquire. You can also find all the resources needed to build your own kit above by following the "Build Your Own Kit" link. 

Asset Based Community Development

The Parkway Community ABCD Exercise invites students to engage in an exercise to explore what it means to take an asset-based approach to community development (“an ABCD” approach), versus a “needs” or “deficit” approach. Students are broken into groups and given a description of the Parkway Community. One group is given a list of assets while another group is given a list of needs. Students come up with recommendations for a nonprofit to engage with the community and then compare and contrast the recommendations. The exercise concludes with an explanation of ABCD principles.