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

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What is Community Engaged Learning?

Students' Symposium April 9, 2013

Service Learning Students’ Symposium April 9, 2013

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 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?

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
40 Willcocks St (Wilson Hall), Room 2017