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GLD in Community Service

Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Community Service assists you in developing meaningful connections between learning within-the-classroom and service experiences beyond-the-classroom.

By completing the Community Service pathway you will explore the significance of your service experiences, the skills you have learned, and how you can apply those skills in the future. The Community Service pathway emphasizes the transformative experience that occurs when you gain real-world experience by working directly with others in service leadership. To receive Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Community Service, you must complete the appropriate pathway requirements for the degree level you are pursuing.

The first step towards pursuing Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Community Service is to complete the GLD Orientation.

Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must complete 300 hours of Community Service from at least two (2) different programs or experiences. Courses that include a service learning component may be used to satisfy this requirement; however, you may not double count your core experience toward fulfilling the coursework requirement.

Students are required to submit a verification letter on company letterhead, that includes the date of the community service, hours served, title of position, supervisor’s information, and a brief overview of the role in which you served.

To find potential community service opportunities you can search the USC Connect Opportunity Database & USC Connect Program Recommendations.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in three (3) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your community service interests. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and official meetings. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. Use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete six (6) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Community Service pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the core experience requirement. 

Public Presentation

You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Community Service pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC.  If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, your publication or presentation you must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

Your presentation must center on your experience within your Community Service pathway and include what you have done, what you have learned from your experiences (including coursework) and how you will use this in the future.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.

Requirements for Associates Degrees

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must complete 125 hours of Community Service from at least two (2) different programs or experiences. Courses that include a service learning component may be used to satisfy this requirement; however, you may not double count your core experience toward fulfilling the coursework requirement.

Students are required to submit a verification letter on company letterhead, that includes the date of the community service, hours served, title of position, supervisor’s information, and a brief overview of the role in which you served.

To find potential community service opportunities you can search the USC Connect Opportunity Database & USC Connect Program Recommendations.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in two (2) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your community service interests. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and official meetings. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. Use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete three (3) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Community Service pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the core experience requirement. 

Public Presentation

You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Community Service pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC. If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, your publication or presentation you must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

Your presentation must center on your experience within your Community Service pathway and include what you have done, what you have learned from your experiences (including coursework) and how you will use this in the future.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.

Requirements for Pharm.D.

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must complete 400 hours of Community Service from at least two (2) different programs or experiences. Courses that include a service learning component may be used to satisfy this requirement; however, you may not double count your core experience toward fulfilling the coursework requirement.

Students are required to submit a verification letter on company letterhead, that includes the date of the community service, hours served, title of position, supervisor’s information, and a brief overview of the role in which you served.

To find potential community service opportunities you can search the USC Connect Opportunity Database & USC Connect Program Recommendations.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in four (4) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your community service interests. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and official meetings. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. Use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete nine (9) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Community Service pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the core experience requirement. 

Public Presentation

You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Community Service pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC. If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, your publication or presentation you must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

Your presentation must center on your experience within your Community Service pathway and include what you have done, what you have learned from your experiences (including coursework) and how you will use this in the future.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.