New College’s Community Engaged Learning Program (CEL) promotes and supports experiential, community-based and service learning within New College courses.

NOTE:  Information about placements and opportunities for 2015-16 will become available at the end of July.  Please visit this page again then, or contact


What is Community Engaged Learning?

In Community Engaged Learning courses, students spend a few hours each week working with a community partner organization, addressing community-identified needs or contributing to social justice initiatives related to their programs of study. You earn academic credit by reflecting critically on your experiences and articulating your learning, both in classroom discussions and written assignments. You integrate the learning from your placements with your academic knowledge and explore the ethical and social justice issues that emerge in your work.

Students' Symposium April 9, 2013

Service Learning Students’ Symposium April 9, 2013

Community engaged learning provides undergraduate students the opportunity to:

  • Integrate academic and other forms of knowledge
  • Develop critical reflective practice
  • Build communication skills
  • Deepen understanding of social and related theoretical questions, and
  • Grapple with challenging issues of civic and ethical responsibility.

Students also gain valuable experience in the workplace, in community organizing and engagement, and learn about the social sector and non-profit field.  At the same time, you can make a meaningful contribution to the work of a community partner organization or social justice initiative, on or off campus. Community engaged learning provides a context in which to examine personal values, and build self-knowledge and efficacy.

New College Community Engaged Learning Courses:

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The following service learning courses combine classroom learning with community experience. Enrollment in these courses is through ROSI in the usual way:

The Community Engaged Learning program encourages and rewards different ways of learning and different kinds of knowledge production. It promotes the development of a range of skills and competencies crucial for graduates in the 21st century. CEL invites you to stretch yourself into unfamiliar spaces of learning and get engaged.

Find Out More

For further information about the program or NEW495Y, contact:

Linzi Manicom
Coordinator of CEL
40 Willcocks St (Wilson Hall), Room 2017