Service Learning Experiences

HRSJ Scholars will participate in a series of service-learning experiences (SLEs) to explore a number of community identified issues in East Harlem and the wider New York City area. SLEs are designed to help HRSJ scholars gain a broader and deeper understanding into how service, advocacy, community engagement and organizing/advocacy takes place in East Harlem.

SLEs can be separated into two types: skills-based and education. Skills-based SLEs focus on teaching students hands-on actionable skills and on direct community engagement and volunteering. Education SLEs include shadowing, attending conferences, and other experiences that may further the student’s understanding of a particular issue through a social justice lens. Students will be expected to complete at least 6 experiences (3 skills-based and 3 education SLEs) from, but not limited to, the topics listed below throughout the academic year.

HRSJ Scholars who identify a more specific way in which they could contribute to a community partner organization will be encouraged to work directly with that CPO to develop a mutually-beneficial partnership. These students will be required to work closely with a Mount Sinai faculty advisor. 

Examples of SLEs from previous years

Emergency preparedness
  • Volunteer at Go Bag trainings led by staff of the East Harlem Community Organizations Active in Disasters (EHCOAD)
  • Tour Association to Benefit Children with regards to their extensive emergency preparedness plans
Pediatric mental health
  • Volunteer with the Child Mobile Crisis Unit at the Association to Benefit Children
  • Explore pediatric mental health services available within schools in East Harlem
Incarceration of women
  • Shadow Dr. Bedard at Rikers Island
  • Volunteer with STEPS to End Family Violence (STEPS) to organize health Q&A for incarcerated women with IPV with a PCP
Housing access & homelessness
  • Shadow Dr. Andrew Coyle at the Wards Island Homeless Shelter
  • Participate in the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate
LGBTQ health
  • Explore the impact of the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery
  • Shadow Dr. Victor Sta.Ana at the Institute for Family Health
Community health and health policy
  • Attend East Harlem Community Health Committee meetings
  • Attend the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program conference
  • Attend the annual Advocacy in Medicine (AIM) Conference
Dismantling racism
  • Attend meetings of the NYC Coalition to Dismantle Racism in the Health System
  • Attend Race and Medicine in Health (RMH) Anti-Racism Training
Harm reduction
  • Volunteer with the Respectful and Equitable Access to Comprehensive Healthcare (REACH) Clinic
  • Attend and/or lead a naloxone training
  • Volunteer with New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE) at a mobile clinic