What is Service Learning?

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service into courses to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. The Sparrell Service Learning Fund, established in 2017, has ensured that students across departments, majors and levels of study partake in service learning courses at Russell Sage College.

Service Learning courses at Sage have recently worked with the following community partners:

  • Capital Roots
  • YWCA
  • YMCA
  • Joseph’s House
  • Susan O’Dell Taylor School
  • Harmony Hill School
  • Troy Public Schools
  • Schenectady County Child Advocacy Center
  • Unity House
  • Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County
  • Public Elementary School 14


  • Sage Food Recovery Network
  • Community Health Visiting Nurse Association
  • Dialysis Units, Regional Food Bank
  • Brighter Choice Charter School
  • Cross Culture Market
  • Carol Hill School
  • Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club

Service Learning News

December 07, 2022

Coloring Book by Sage Students Aims to Provide Sense of Belonging, Literacy Support for Refugee Families

The Egg. Nipper. Stewart’s shops.  Whether you are a lifelong resident of Albany or Troy, New York, or a college student who has found a second home here, these familiar landmarks often invoke a smile.  A group of Russell Sage College students hopes refugees who have resettled in New York’s Capital District will also come […]
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September 08, 2022

Nutrition Professor and Grad Student Partner with United Way’s Summer Meals Collaborative on Research

Russell Sage College Associate Professor of Nutrition Sonya Irish Hauser, Ph.D., is leading research to help the United Way of the Greater Capital Region’s Summer Meals Collaborative ensure it is meeting community needs. Nutrition graduate student Samantha Monks joined Professor Hauser’s research team as a summer associate with support from the AmeriCorps VISTA program.   The […]
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July 25, 2022

Recent Sage Grad, AmeriCorps Summer Associate, Helps Resettled Refugees Learn English 

Nana Owuso-ofori Created Intercultural Cafe During an Internship and Expands it During AmeriCorps VISTA Service Nana Owuso-ofori ’22 is part of the 2022 AmeriCorps VISTA summer program, which places civic-minded individuals in summer positions that address community needs. As an AmeriCorps summer associate, Nana has been able to grow the Intercultural Cafe, which she established […]
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Assistant Professor of Geography & Director of Service Learning and Community Engagement
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Enrollment Management
Administrative Assistant for Undergraduate Experiential Learning