Western students have more opportunities and support to serve the global community, thanks to a $2-million donation from RBC Foundation.
The donation supports the Community Service Learning Program, facilitated through Western, the Richard Ivey School of Business and Huron University College. The program extends the educational experience of students beyond the classroom with real-life experience in the community.
“This wonderful gift from RBC to Western makes a difference by inspiring community engagement and a global outlook among our students, and by providing direct benefit to the organizations they serve. As our world changes, Western students will be there, helping to lead that change.” said Western President Amit Chakma.
RBC’s commitment has helped expand the program for nearly a decade now, allowing approximately 5,000 students each year to take part in new educational opportunity.
Opportunities like the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program - designed to give students the chance to do something different during Western's Reading Week in February or October, or a week-long experience after final exams at the beginning of May.
ASB partners with a variety of community partners and organizations, locally, nationally and globally, who are anxious to benefit from the knowledge, passion, and hard work of students who want the opportunity to have hands-on experience working with critical societal issues.
“Students have a phenomenal desire to contribute to their communities. Service learning promotes academic excellence, and gives them real-world experiences that promote personal and professional growth,” said former Ivey Dean Carol Stephenson.