Living and learning through service
SERVE is open to all students who are curious about service and community engagement. SERVE students major in a range of disciplines and come from a variety of backgrounds, united by a passion for exploring what VT’s motto ‘Ut Prosim’ (That I May Serve) means to them.
Students new to SERVE live together in Pritchard Hall, creating a tight-knit community within VT’s largest residence hall that quickly becomes their home away from home. Through service, working with community partners, studying, and socializing, we help our students make the most of their time in Blacksburg and the New River Valley.
In the classroom
Students new to the SERVE community are required to take our introductory courses in the fall and spring semesters. These courses are three-credit, graded academic classes that use service-learning, discussion, and reflection to explore community development, social change, and leadership theories.
What makes SERVE special?
Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and majors, united by their passion for service and interest in social issues. They form tight bonds by living on the SERVE hall in Pritchard, taking introductory SERVE courses, serving in the community, and having fun - together.
Interactive, discussion-based courses
- Students learn to critically reflect on and explore community engagement, leadership, service, and social change;
- They build strong facilitation skills; and
- They engage in thought-provoking activities like “BUILT”, a board game where teams design communities. BUILT was created by Michael Rohd and the Sojourn Theatre.
Service & reflection
- Service trips and reflection sessions are planned each semester by our students.
- Students have ample opportunities to explore issues they care about through service.
- Students are challenged to examine preconceived ideas about issues they encounter, motivations for service, and privilege.
Weekly & monthly community traditions
- Wednesday community meals include current residents and older students who no longer live on the hall.
- On Thursdays, students play Wallyball.
- Five student committees: SERVE Serves, Peer Mentors, Social, Recruit&SERVE, and Alumni Connection.
Bookending the year with bonding & celebration
- At the annual fall retreat, new residents and returning students learn about SERVE, one another, and what the year has in store for them.
- Each spring, Family Day invites our students, their families, and friends to serve in the community and celebrate the year.
Greetings from SERVE director
Welcome! If you're looking for a place to call home at Virginia Tech, you've found it in SERVE.
We have a lot of fun in class, out in the community, and on the hall. SERVE helps a big place like VT feel small. As you make your decision on where to live on campus this coming year, please feel free to reach out to me any time with questions.