IPSL History

Originally, "The Partnership for Service-Learning™ " founded in 1982, is an international educational organization serving students, colleges, universities, service agencies, and related organizations around the world by fostering programs that link volunteer service to the community and academic study.

The Partnership for Service-Learning was the first national organization devoted solely to the union of academic study and volunteer community service (service-learning™) and the first to offer such programs overseas. In September, 1982, forty educators and service agency professionals gathered at the Stony Point Conference Center in New York to consider the value of uniting service and learning and to discuss the possibility of cooperative structures. From that meeting, a task force was appointed to develop both the idea of service-learning and an appropriate organization for furthering service-learning opportunities. Howard A. Berry and Linda A. Chisholm, both of whom would go on to serve as the co-directors of the burgeoning organization, were appointed co-chairs of the task force to investigate this initial concept. The task force chose the name The Partnership for Service-Learning, and wrote a mission statement, which was ratified by a Board of Trustees in March, 1985.

Berry was named first president of the Partnership and Chisholm executive vice-president. In 1996, the Partnership formally recognized the role it had assumed for its international work by changing its name to the International Partnership for Service-Learning™ and Leadership (IPSL).

Today, IPSL, a registered B-Corp (Social Benefit Organization), offers a graduate program in International Development & Service (in collaboration with the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York City) and numerous undergraduate study abroad + service-learning programs in nations across the globe—programs in which over 4,000 students from more than 400 universities or colleges in the U.S. and 25 other nations have participated.