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First Year Seminars

Hands-On Community Engaged Learning 

First-Year Seminar Community Engaged Learning (FYS-CEL) courses give students the opportunity to build community with each other while exploring some of the complex issues impacting societies today. Through these small, hands-on courses, instructors can help new students learn about community engagement methods, theories, and practices that equip them to collaboratively address the needs and challenges of a diverse and changing world. 

Community engaged learning is an approach that:

  • Addresses a community’s specific need, problem or common goal;
  • Is typically done in collaboration with a community partner (i.e., an organization, group, or individual that comes from the community you’re working with);
  • Connects community issues with course content; and
  • Includes ongoing and documented reflection.

These seminars will touch on some of these elements, providing an introduction to aspects of community-engaged learning.