Steps in the Process

Once you delve deeper into community engaged learning and its benefits, the Office of Community Engaged Learning (OCEL) team encourages you to review the following steps towards partnership.

Share Your Hopes and Goals

OCEL staff will work to match your organizational mission/ activities to the course objectives of a faculty member on campus. Often, this “match-making” takes place through meeting to learn more and then sharing your ideas with campus constituents. This process may take as long as six months to a year, or be something that comes to fruition quickly, depending on multiple factors. To notify us that you are interested in partnering, contact Laura Wilmarth Tyna, Director of Community Engaged Learning, at wilmarla@lewisu.edu or (815) 836-5848.

Communication

During the partnership development process, you will be contacted by OCEL staff, the course professor, or a student leader to begin clarifying the scope of engagement. Please stay in contact with the OCEL and appropriate individuals so that we can ensure a quality experience for all involved. Any questions or concerns should be raised with the OCEL, who will be an ongoing point of contact and support.

Orientation

Once a collaboration has been confirmed, the professor or a student will contact you to schedule an orientation. We ask that you allow the students to tour the facility while you or a staff member gives them further information about the history and mission of your organization. Such exposure will give students vital insight into what you do, those you serve, and the vision you have for your organization and community.

Evaluation

At the end of each semester, the OCEL will ask you about your experience working with Lewis University and our office. Your feedback is extremely valuable, as it allows us to continue improving the quality of our partnership and our community-based engagement.