Service Initiatives

We're committed to developing citizens who are caring and who are leaders in their community – two core values at JCSU. Service initiatives at the university play an important role in developing our students’ education.

Community Service

At JCSU, we believe that service to one's community builds character and integrity. That's why our students complete community service projects as a graduation requirement.

Not only will you make a difference in your community, you may find out a little bit more about yourself in the process.

Student community service projects

Our students have been involved in a wide variety of community service projects. A few examples include:

  • The Urban Ministry - An RA in Smith Hall and 12 other students on his floor made 220 sanwiches to feed the homeless. They understood how people were effected by the current economy and were able to lend a much-needed helping hand.
  • Diabetes Awareness Walk - In early spring, 16 JCSU student-athletes participated in the walk to benefit people living with diabetes in Charlotte.
  • Stop Hunger Now Program - Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger-relief organization that distributes food around the world. Students from UNC Charlotte and 10 JCSU students were able to package an impressive 8,500 meals.
  • March of Dimes Walk - More than 200 JCSU students participated in the walk to help fund research and programs to help mothers give birth to healthy babies.


As a student, you'll have an opportunity to learn about community service and its importance to society. In fact, community service is a requirement for graduation. Through service-learning courses, which can count toward your graduation requirement, you'll learn about and plan your community service.

You'll also have an opportunity to reflect on the service experience. By combining community service with instruction and reflection, you'll gain a better understanding of civic responsibilities and leadership while you help strengthen communities.

Student service-learning projects

Recently, Dr. Jonathan Hutchins engaged his public history class in a service-learning project at Rural Hill Plantation. Students researched the African-American community on the plantation during both the Antebellum period and after the Civil War, when the plantation became a tenant farm.

Through their research, the students were able to find three slaves in 1857 who attended Johnson C. Smith University 15 years later.

Our research at Rural Hill Plantation isn't over, and we look forward to our students' next historical discovery.