Center for Student Action
The Azusa Pacific community believes that the good news of Jesus’ love transforms every people, culture, and condition, that all people are created in the image of God, and that every person matters. This simple but critical belief inspires healthy and God-honoring steps to advance the work of God in the world. The Center for Student Action mobilizes and educates students toward responsible and transformational service locally and globally through a collaborative network of programs, including Local Engagement, Action Teams, Mexico Outreach, and H.I.S. Years.
University Service Requirement
Service, one of Azusa Pacific’s Four Cornerstones, stands at the heart of the university’s local and international outreach, short-term service trips, and service-learning endeavors. The university desires to see the service experience connect to a deeper relationship with Christ, develop in students a greater sense of community, and model scholarship put into practice. To this end, the university desires that every student have an intercultural experience during his or her time at APU.
A student’s service may correlate with his or her academic coursework or it may be an opportunity to branch out of the classroom experience. There are a variety of ways for students to engage in service outside of the classroom through the Center for Student Action. For more information on the Service Credit Requirement or the programs that fall within the requirement, please visit the Center for Student Action in East Campus.
In addition to the diverse service opportunities offered through the Center for Academic Service-Learning and the Center for Global Learning and Engagement (study away), the Center for Student Action provides opportunities each year for students to serve in Azusa and greater Los Angeles, throughout the United States, and internationally.
Local Engagement Opportunities
Local service opportunities encourage students to invest time and energy with neighbors across the street in Azusa and throughout greater Los Angeles. Focused on collaborative relationships with organizations and churches, these service programs give students the chance to invest in the lives of local families and neighborhoods. This past year, opportunities included retirement center ministries, high school youth outreach (e.g., Young Life), local food banks, sports ministries, community development opportunities, children’s ministries, and educational immersion trips engaging the city of Los Angeles.
Each year, the Center for Student Action mobilizes more than 25 student teams to serve in a short-term capacity in more than 30 countries around the world, including several teams dedicated to serving within the United States. Depending on the need and partnership with local hosts, the type of ministry during the spring mid-semester break and summer months requires all majors and a diversity of strengths and skills among the various teams. This past year, opportunities included a STEM team, youth and community development, evangelistic outreach, children’s ministries, economic development, sports ministry, and church partnerships, all designed to advance the work of God in the world.
At Azusa Pacific, service doesn’t end at graduation—it should be a part of every student’s lifestyle as she or he goes on to make a difference in the world. H.I.S.years (Hearing. Investing. Serving.) supports students passionate about serving among the world’s least-reached people groups. This two-year sending program equips volunteer alumni and connects them with service opportunities overseas through Christ-based community development and mission organizations. During the students’ two-year service, APU helps pay their student loans.
In addition to the service opportunities through the center, several other opportunities are available to help students learn and grow, including:
Qualified students from the city of Azusa who have demonstrated a commitment to faith, education, service, and community are eligible to receive one of two scholarships and participate in a leadership development program for the duration of their tenure at APU. The Azusa Scholars program is open to incoming freshmen and transfer students.
Educational programming opportunities for students take place throughout the year, centered around the Student Affairs values (e.g., Local and Global Engagement) and partnerships across campus to raise awareness about local and global issues connected to faith development.