Community Engaged Learning at Lewis University

Community Engaged Learning

Welcome to the site for the Office of Community Engaged Learning (OCEL).  The idea of Community Engaged Learning (CEL) is deeply embedded in the Lewis University Mission. OCEL strives to build connections among Lewis faculty, staff, and students with  community partners through who collaborate in mutually beneficial ways. We hope to deepen student learning through rich community-based experiences which fulfill student learning outcomes, while also supporting the work of community partners.

We invite you to explore our site to gain a deeper insight into CEL programming, community connections, and resources to support your community-engaged work. As OCEL continues to grow, our goals are to equip and resource faculty for CEL course development, build and network community partnerships to create opportunities for collaboration, and guide students in finding purpose and building valuable skills through community interaction.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Through Community Engaged Learning courses, projects, or programs, students will:

  • Identify service and civic responsibility as personal and professional priorities
  • Integrate academic course content with experience in an engaged, practical setting
  • Have confidence that s/he can be an agent of change
  • Be effective, collaborative leaders
  • Be a self-reflective person in order to gain an understanding of local and global communities

CEL Mission & Vision

The Mission of Lewis University aligns well with community engaged work.  The University  “promotes the development of the complete person through the pursuit of wisdom and justice. Fundamental to its mission is a spirit of association which fosters community in all teaching, learning, and service.”

The Mission
The Office of Community Engaged Learning at Lewis University promotes the common good through the development of academic opportunities to apply learning by meeting real-world needs. In collaboration with community agencies and faculty members, students engage with the community through service, explore realities of justice and injustice, and are transformed by reflecting on their experiences in light of course and program objectives.

The Vision
Community Engaged Learning, a recognized component of educational excellence, is part of the scholarly culture of Lewis University. Through the experience of Community Engaged Learning, students engage with the community through service, explore realities of justice and injustice, and reflect on their experiences in light of course objectives and resources. Community Engaged Learning within local, national, and global communities is transformative.

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