Community Engaged Learning (CEL) combines academic coursework with the application of institutional resources to address challenges facing communities through…

  • engagement that addresses societal needs identified by a community
  • intentional integration of learning objectives co-created with community partner(s)
  • student preparation and ongoing critical reflection
  • clearly articulated benefits for students, community, and campus partners (e.g. faculty/instructors, MSU Center for Community Engaged Learning)
  • opportunities to critically examine social issues and situate self within a community setting

*Adapted from Michigan State University – Center for Community Engaged Learning Service-Learning Toolkit and Stanford Teaching Commons Community Engaged Learning for Faculty