Community Engaged Learning Facilitator Program (CELF)

The Community Engaged Learning Facilitator (CELF) Program is a student leadership opportunity for individuals interested in community engagement and collaborating to create community change. CELFs act as a liaison and resource to campus and community partners. As such, the program is designed around four goals:

  1. Training and supporting CELFs to develop their leadership skills;
  2. Assisting faculty members to implement best practices in their community engaged/ service learning course;
  3. Supporting community partners to help ensure partnership goals are met through student and faculty engagement;
  4. Aiding students in meeting their academic and community-based requirements and commitments.

CELFs are assigned to a single course, supporting a specific faculty member, group of students, and a small number of community partnerships throughout the semester. In this way, CELFs act as a project manager and logistics coordinator for the course and associated partnership(s). 


CELFs spend approximately 5-7 hours each week committed to this role through the following responsibilities:

Training and Academic Learning
  • Enroll and participate in the Community Engaged Learning Leadership Seminar, a 3-credit, semester-long course that meets every-other week
  • Attend and participate in CELF training
Classroom Participation and Support
  • Introduce community engaged learning to peers alongside a faculty member
  • Periodically attend the assigned course to engage with students and the faculty member
  • Meet with the faculty member, as needed
  • Connect with peers to ensure high-quality community based experiences
Community Partner Relationship Development
  • Communicate with the community partner site via telephone, email, or in-person site visits
  • Coordinate logistics of any requirements by the partner organization (i.e., background checks, applications, scheduling orientations, etc)

For more information about the Community Engaged Learning Facilitator program, contact Laura Wilmarth Tyna at or (815) 836-5848.