The combination of community service and classroom instruction, with a focus on critical, reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility is of utmost importance. Civic responsibility is a part of the service-learning construct in the Psychology Department. Campus cleanups and support groups are often activated by students and faculty in the department for University of Louisiana at Lafayette.. Student organizations provide many opportunities for community service, and classes have occasionally included instruction and direction of service learning.
The Psychology Colloquium and the Psi Chi Honors Fraternity are two student organizations in the department. Regular meetings often provide presentations about community programs in the area. Several organizations regularly recruit psychology majors as volunteers; these include Healing House, Hospice of Acadiana, The Family Tree, and Hearts of Hope.
Here is a list of some specific projects that psychology majors have volunteered for:
- The Halloween event "Treat the Village," for Families Helping Families of Acadiana. This event provides a safe place for members of the community with special needs to participate in fun Halloween activities.
- "Family Fun Day" is a major fundraiser for Healing House that happens every spring. Businesses and organizations all around Lafayette provide fun activities for the whole family.
- UL Lafayette's "Transgender Day of Rememberance," memorializing those who have been killed due to anti-transgender prejudice.
- The Out of Darkness Walk to raise funds and awareness for Suicide Prevention.
- NAMIWalks, supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness's efforts to advocate for and assist those living with mental illness.
Psychology Department advisors encourage community service activities to their advisees and the students are referred to the department’s Community Service Committee Chairman who assists the students in placing them in local programs.
For more information about these programs or any other service learning opportunities for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Psychology Department, please contact the Community Service Chairman, Ms. Monica B. Tauzin via email.