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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

Office Location:
715 S. New St.
Commonwealth Hall, Lower Level
Enter at Student Health Services
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-3379
Fax: 610-430-5600

About Us

Faculty and Staff

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Jodi Roth-Saks, M.A.

Director of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs

Jodi joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in July of 2012. She comes to us from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA, where she was the Coordinator for Community Service at Join Us Making Progress, the hub for public service and volunteerism on campus. The program included a Bonner AmeriCorps program, and consisted of both co-curricular service-learning and academic service-learning. While at Sonoma State, Jodi co-chaired the 2010 Leadership and Social Justice Conference at UC Berkeley. Prior to moving to California she finished a Master of Arts in Education with a focus on Student Affairs in Higher Education at the University of Connecticut. Before graduate school, Jodi worked in the non-profit sector for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Jodi hales from Northern New Jersey and is passionate about helping students become lifelong active citizens.

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Kate A. Colyer, M.A.

Assistant Director, Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs

Kate joins us from Lehigh University, where she was the inaugural Assistant Director in the Community Service Office. At Lehigh, Kate oversaw various large-scale and ongoing volunteer programs, advised student organizations, including Greek letter organizations’ integration of community service into their chapters, coordinated the SERVE Program (Alternative Breaks), and developed mutually beneficial partnerships with various non-profit agencies. Prior to Lehigh, Kate was a Complex Coordinator in Residence Life ∓ Housing at the University of Delaware (UD). During her time at UD, Kate created the inaugural MLK Day of Service program for the University which engaged over 120 students in direct service with various community partners. Additionally, Kate was the Student Affairs representative on UD’s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Task Force, which led to the University being awarded the designation in 2015. Prior to moving to Delaware, Kate earned her M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a West Chester University alumna with a B.A. in English. Kate is humbled to return to WCU where her undergraduate journey began and is incredibly excited to engage students in public service!

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Ashlie Delshad

Service-Learning Faculty Associate

Dr. Delshad joined West Chester University’s Political Science Department in the fall of 2011, and began serving as the Service-Learning Faculty Associate in fall of 2017. Her teaching and research interests lie in the realm of US public policy, specifically environmental, social inequality, and food policy. She has incorporated service learning into a number of her courses including, US Public Policy (PSC 356), Environmental Policy (PSC 354), and Senior Seminar (PSC 401). Through this work she has collaborated with a variety of community partners including: St. Agnes Day Room, Melton Community Center, Safe Harbor, Meals on Wheels, and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. She also founded and oversees a garden at the university, which grows organic produce for students served by the on-campus Resource Pantry and she takes students on yearly alternative break trips to assist with urban gardens in Philadelphia.

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Joellen Reindl

Administrative Assistant of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs

Joellen joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in February of 2013. She is originally from Wilmington, DE and is a graduate from Goldey Beacom College in the Medical Secretarial Field. She has spent the last twenty five years in various administrative support positions, with an emphasis on finance and procedures/processes in both Southern and Northern CA, Raleigh, NC and Chadds Ford, PA. Among many volunteer opportunities outside of work, she spends some of her time teaching pre-school-age children and working with people experiencing difficult life circumstances.

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Gabriele Singh

AmeriCorps PACC*VISTA Member

Resource Pantry Coordinator

Gabriele joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in July of 2017. She comes to us as a 2017 alumna of Susquehanna University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications. As a new member of the West Chester University community, Gabriele is looking forward to developing best practices to ensure that the Resource Pantry can expand its programming and continue to serve students for years to come.

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Caitlin Silver

Graduate Assistant

Caitlin joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs originally as an Alternative Break Trip Leader in August of 2014 and now serves as the Graduate Assistant. She comes to us as a 2015 alumna from West Chester University where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Currently, Caitlin is pursuing her Master's Degree in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs. Caitlin is an engaged member of the West Chester University community and is passionate about connecting students to service opportunities that enrich their lives.

Rezwana Khatun

Rezwana Khatun

Graduate Intern

Rezwana joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs as a Graduate Intern beginning September of 2017. She currently oversees the campus wide Adopt-A-Block Program. She comes to us as a 2017 alumna of Penn State University, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Business. Currently, Rezwana is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs. Rezwana is passionate about engaging students in service-learning opportunities and developing experiences that involve supporting students’ learning experiences and academic success.

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Sue Perls

Graduate Practicum Student

Sue joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in August of 2017. She shares her time between the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs and the Office of Residence Life and Housing Services at West Chester University, where she serves as the Graduate Assistant of Tyson Hall. Prior to West Chester University, Sue earned a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Exercise Science with a Specialization in Health Promotion and Fitness Management at Rowan University. Sue is pursing a Master of Science with a concentration in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs. Sue hopes to educate, support, and empower students to integrate meaningful service into their everyday lives.


Shannon Gillespie

Shannon Gillespie

Graduate Intern

Shannon joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in October of 2017 as a Graduate Assistant focusing on Alternative Breaks. She comes to us as a 2017 alumna of West Chester University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in English and Philosophy. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's Degree in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs. Shannon is enthusiastic to learn and serve alongside students as they prepare to embark on their service trips.

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Mission Statement and Goals

The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs promotes community engaged learning experiences that address critical community needs by building mutually beneficial partnerships and empowering students to be active citizens in their local, national and global communities.

To achieve this mission, the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs:

  • Partners with a wide array of non-profit and governmental agencies, faculty, staff, and student clubs, organizations, and athletic teams
  • Facilitates academic and co-curricular community service and service-learning programs that engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members
  • Disseminates information about service-learning, resources, and professional development opportunities
  • Consults with faculty to incorporate service-learning opportunities into specific courses and programs of study
  • Collaborates with all parties to ensure quality learning experiences and positive impact in the community
  • Manages service-learning data and facilitates assessment

Annual Report

The annual report aims to provide a summary of both the department-led efforts, as well as community engagement initiatives reported to the department by faculty, staff, and students. The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs promotes community engaged learning experiences that address critical community needs by building mutually beneficial partnerships with non-profit organizations and governmental agencies, while empowering students to be active citizens in their local, national and global communities.

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