The purpose of engaging in Service-Learning at the collegiate level, and as a STEP Signature Project, goes beyond simply performing a direct service. A STEP Signature Project focused on service allows for critical exploration of underlying causes, challenges and politics related to a particular societal issue. Students are encouraged to partner with a community, nonprofit or other organization to address an identified need. Students gain an understanding of the issues, resources, assets and cultures of the community in which they are serving. At the end of the service, students are able to reflect on and analyze the connection between their academic pursuits and the service they conducted and evaluate the quality and impact of the service.