Welcome to Voices of CEL! A monthly newsletter where you can learn about CEL opportunities, read stories about student, staff and partner experiences in the program, as well as find volunteer and job opportunities. This newsletter has something for everyone and great opportunities to explore. The newsletter will come out the first week of every month.
What is CEL? 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.
Centre for Community Engagement
Earlier this fall, Carleton has launched the Centre for Community Engagement which will provide support to the community engagement priority that was outlined in The Strategic Integrated Plan. According to the website, the centre “will lead the development of Carleton’s first community engagement strategy and of the corresponding support systems required for implementation.” The SP4CE Task Force has been created to lead the development of this Strategic Plan and has begun consultation with the Carleton community. Students, staff and faculty who are interested in participating in the consultation process are encouraged to visit their website or contact email@example.com
How can I establish a partnership through the Hub? from Hub for Good
The Hub offers three main entry points to make it easy for you to find or establish collaborative opportunities with Carleton: projects, people, and purpose…
The Transoft Solutions Bursary: The Power of Community Partnership from Hub for Good, written by Jenna Hobin
Through the generosity of Transoft Solutions, more Indigenous women pursuing post-secondary studies at Carleton will have…
“It’s a family tradition that has been integrated into our life here.” Ted Jackson took a moment to reflect on the structural beams that adorn the interior of their cottage in the Outaouais…
Humans of CEL
Featuring Hafsa Omar
The Community Partnership Program was an incredible opportunity for me to learn exactly what community-engaged learning entails and how to work alongside a non-profit organization. Before this program, my experiences with non-profit organizations were based on “charity”, where we would volunteer to help an organization in need. However, with the CPP, I was able to work with the organization in solidarity, forming a reciprocal and collaborative relationship. Presenting our work to the organization as a team by bringing all our skill sets together was one of my favourite moments during the program; we were finally able to see our hard work come together.
By working alongside other students and a non-profit organization, I was able to learn about the collaboration and effort that goes into projects outside of the university. In the workforce and our everyday lives, we have to learn how to set clear goals, encourage discussion, collaborate and much more. The CPP, I believe, has helped me take that first step into the real, collaborative world.
Message from the CPP Team
The Community Partnership Project had another successful year in partnering with six community organizations to provide students with project management, skill development and community-engaged learning experience. Participants completed 8 modules throughout the program, culminating with a capstone project led by Canadian organizations. Participants worked tirelessly throughout the program and demonstrated strong learning reflections after each module. A HUGE thank you goes out to all the participants and team leaders for all their hard work and dedication to the program, and to our community organizations for supporting this experiential learning opportunity for our students.
Community Engagement Volunteer Opportunities
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