Wednesday 6-9 pm.  WI 2008   Instructor: Sam Tecle


  • Students work for 5-7 hours per week throughout the academic year on the tasks and projects assigned by their placement supervisor. The work might involve general program assistance, event organizing, preparation of documents, tutoring, service provision or participating in community activities.
  • The 2-3 hour seminars meet weekly for much of the first term and then less regularly, according to the program of workshops and speakers. The seminars are spaces for: peer-learning, experience-sharing  and problem-solving; hearing from community-based speakers about their experiences; talks on topics related to community engagement and social justice; discussion of scholarly articles and other materials on different aspects of community engagement; workshops on skills and practices for community engagement;  and facilitated collective reflection activities.
  • The syllabus includes: an overview of the social purpose sector and some of the issues faced;  frameworks of social change; and different forms of community engagement and social justice work. It takes up questions and themes that emerge from students’ experiences in their placements (so the syllabus can vary year by year depending on students and placements).
  • Assignments include, most importantly, regular, written reflections and in class small-group discussions that grapple with the practical, organisational, ethical and social justice issues that come up for students and allow for thinking that might lead to ethical, personal and career development. There will also be a one or two blog posts, a collaborative designing and delivery of a workshop for the class, an end-of-year symposium presentation, and a final paper where significant learning from the whole year is synthesized and highlighted.



To ensure that your application is not misdirected,  please follow these instructions exactly.

  1. Compile the following two items into one single file:

(a)  a covering letter, indicating your interest and background relevant to the specific position; and

(b)  your resume.

NAME the file like this: “Placement name – your name” (e.g.  Helpline – Yingxi Gao,  or Global Commons – Sally Bowles).

  1. Send as a separate attached file a copy of your Academic History from ACORN.  (This is not forwarded to the organization; it is to give the coordinator a sense of your academic background and how the courses you have taken might related to your placement).

NAME the file with just your initial and name (e.g. T. Hussein or Y.Gao).

  1. Send the two files as email attachments to the CEL Coordinator at The subject line of the email should be Course code, Placement name, your name,   (e.g. NEW495, Sketch, Petra Marcova).

If you apply to more than one positions, submit separate applications (different emails and attachments) for each of the different positions. You do not need to send your Academic History more than once.

If you have any questions, please contact: