2016/17 placements   (Message updated on July 26).

The CEL Program is currently in the process of developing some exciting new placements with both current and new community partner organizations.  But arranging all of this is taking time.  I’m planning to post as many as possible of the opportunities available at the same time, in the second week of August, so that you can apply for those you are most interested in. The application deadline for this first group will be August 20th. 

There will be placement opportunities for NEW495Y (Wednesday evenings) and for NEW498H (Tuesday evenings), the new community-engaged research focused course that we are offering this year.  More details about NEW498H and the research placements will become available later in August.

  • Remember to register for your full complement of courses when the time comes; if you are later offered a position and place in NEW495 or NEW498H, you can drop a course.  (Interviews generally take place in the last week of August and first couple of weeks before term starts).
  • If you want to know more about the program or courses, or are interested in working with an organization that is not yet linked with the program, please get in touch with Linzi at nc.engagedlearning@utoronto.ca as soon as possible.

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

What is Community Engaged Learning?

Testimony from students who have taken NEW495. Filmed at the Community Engaged Learning Symposium 2015, videography by Scott James Baker. Featuring keynote speaker Sara Carpenter.
[Read Sara’s full talk, “Creative Disruptions: Critical Opportunities in Community Engaged Learning]


In CEL courses, students spend several 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.

CEL gives you the opportunity to:

  • integrate academic and other forms of knowledge
  • develop critical reflective practice
  • build communication skills
  • deepen understanding of social justice and related theoretical questions, and
  • grapple with challenging issues of civic and ethical responsibility.

You 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. CEL provides a context in which to examine personal values and enhance self-knowledge.

What are the New College Community Engaged Learning Courses?

  • NEW495Y1: Independent Community Engaged Learning Seminar (For upper level students; admission upon successful application and interview.)
  • NEW497Y: Independent Community Engaged Research Seminar  (This new course will run as a half course pilot (NEW498J)in the Fall term, 2016; further information will become available in summer).

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

The CEL 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
20 Willcocks St (Wilson Hall), Room 2017