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?
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.
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:
- NEW495Y1: Independent Community Engaged Learning Seminar (For upper level students; admission upon successful application and interview).
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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:
Coordinator of CEL
Rm 2017, Wilson Hall, New College