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Community-Engaged Learning is a reciprocal, mutually beneficial partnership between community, faculty and students. You can make a vital impact on the community by contributing your skills, enthusiasm and knowledge. Community also plays a vital role in enhancing your learning experiences by guiding you through real-life projects that directly relate to your studies
What is Community-Engaged Learning?
Community-Engaged Learning is a reciprocal, mutually beneficial partnership between community, faculty and students. You can make a vital impact on the community by contributing your skills, enthusiasm and knowledge. Community also plays a vital role in enhancing your learning experiences by guiding you through real-life projects that directly relate to your studies.
How can I participate?
There are several ways to integrate CEL into your course-work:
Community Service Learning
- Volunteer in unpaid community service addressesing community needs and reflect on the experience in a for-credit course
- This option typically involves starting in the classroom (4 weeks), followed by volunteer service (7 weeks) and ends with a 2 weeks reflection in the classroom
- Immerse yourself in an on-site work experience relevant to your field of study (generally 1-3 weeks)
- These do not require supervision of a registered or licensed professional and the completed work experience hours are not required for professional certification
- Field experience do not include: co-op, clinic, practicum and internship
- Collaborate with a community partner by creating a project related to your learning objectives while also contributing to the community
- Applied projects are generally not research-based
- Completing a project (or work on part of a larger ongoing project) for a community partner while supporting your own learning objectives
- While applied research projects often look like literature reviews or policy analyses, these can also occur as consulting projects, design projects, or as community-based research projects
Connect with students from across campus in five separate events culminating in an Exhibition of climate change-related art, a Roundtable Cafe and lunch, and a Field Trip centred around the question of how you live with climate change and the various ways we can work together during these times.
Students in Community: Changemakers and Solution Innovators ProgramCommunity & Student Projects Awarded Funded by CEWIL Canada and coordinated by the Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) Office 43 undergraduate & graduate students are currently engaged in...
Applications due on a rolling basis from May 30 – July 27, 2022. Apply sooner rather than later as funding is limited and applicants will no longer be accepted once the funding limit has been reached, which may occur prior to July 27.
Spectrum of Engagement
The Spectrum of Engagement illustrates the levels and types of engagement and the corresponding levels of reciprocity between students, instructors and community members. The level of engagement is negotiated between students, instructors and community partners according to their needs, expectations, and capacity.
Spectrum of Engagement Examples
Example: Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps discussing the urban food system with students in the Growing Community Class.
This is the final installment in the series following Aspen in SOCI 439. We have spent time getting to know about this Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) course and the major parts relationships and...
Students in Community: Climate and Sustainability Initiative Funded by CEWIL Canada and coordinated by the Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) Office Students, community partners, instructors and...
Reflection is an essential component of CEL pedagogy and has become an increasingly popular practice in university settings to promote deeper levels of critical engagement. For CEL in sociology,...
Relationship-building is a crucial component of Community-Engaged Learning. It frames and impacts the quality of the experience for all involved (student, instructor, and community partner). For the...
Sociology 439: Community Engaged Sociology is a two-semester course (split into parts A and B) focused on applied sociology and community-engaged learning. Taught by Dr. Bruce Ravelli, the course...
Students in Community: Climate and Sustainability Initiative Community & Student Projects Awarded Funded by CEWIL Canada and coordinated by the Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) Office 33...