What is Community Engaged Learning?

Community Engaged Learning (CEL) is a method of experiential learning that emphasizes action, reflection and real-world engagement. It allows individuals to participate in hands on experiences while gaining critical thinking, problem solving and reflection skills by creating mutually beneficial relationships between individuals and communities.

How is it different from volunteerism?

While the term ‘volunteering’ suggests a vertical charity model, community engaged learning is about mutual learning. It’s about a reciprocal relationship between participants and the community members they work with.

What does the Campus to Community program use?

The Campus to Community program uses a community engaged learning model to encourage students to participate in service.

The benefits of community engaged learning include:

  • Participants can link their academic experience to their community.
  • Participants better understand the larger effects of their contributions.
  • Participants understand their roles as global citizens, especially in relation to social change.

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