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.