* Previously, Service Learning ProgramNew College’s Community Engaged Learning Program (CEL) promotes and supports experiential, community-based and service learning within New College courses.
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. They earn academic credit by reflecting critically on their experiences and articulating their learning in classroom discussions and in written assignments. They integrate what they are learning in their placements with their academic knowledge and explore the ethical and social justice issues that emerge in their work.
Community engaged learning thus provides undergraduate students the opportunity to: integrate academic and other forms of knowledge; develop critical reflection and communication skills; deepen understanding of social issues and related theoretical questions; and grapple with challenging questions of civic and ethical responsibility. Students also gain valuable experience in the workplace, in community organizing and engagement, and learn about the social service and non-profit field. At the same time, they make a meaningful contribution to the work of a community partner organization or social justice initiative, on or off campus. Finally, community engaged learning provides a context in which to examine personal values, and build self-knowledge and -efficacy.
New College Service Learning Courses:
Independent (For upper level students; admission upon successful application and interview)
Embedded (Enroll on ROSI in the usual way)
Embedded Service Learning courses (listed below) combine classroom learning with a community-based learning component.
Other Community Engaged Learning Program Activities
In addition to facilitating or supporting these New College service learning courses, CEL also:
- Advises, provides resources for, and supports New College faculty who are interested in integrating community-based learning experiences into their courses.
- Hosts, in partnership with Human Biology and the Centre for Community Partnerships, an annual students’ service learning
symposium in April where students make posters or give panel presentations about their learning experiences.
- Works with Equity Studies, Student Life and Leadership, the Centre for Community Partnerships, and New One: Learning Without Borders, in organizing events that bring community leaders and activists to New College to talk about their experiences in social advocacy and community organizing.
- Builds partnerships with community and campus organizations working in areas related to New College academic programs.
- Supports the cross-faculty Namibia Program which sends students from New College and other U of T units to work with partner organizations in Namibia in the summer term.
- Develops resources and delivers workshops in reflective practice, the key methodology for community engaged learning.
- In collaboration with other units, supports the training of Teaching Assistants with particular expertise in service learning pedagogy.
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.
For more information about the program, contact:
Coordinator of CEL
Rm 2017, Wilson Hall, New College