The office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) promotes pedagogical innovation through community-based learning (CBL). We help faculty develop ethical and effective CBL courses by providing course design, curricular and logistical support. Through these courses and related CEAL workshops, students (1) learn and work collaboratively with communities, (2) gain experience working across difference, (3) develop strategies for critical self-reflection, and (4) analyze structural inequalities in order to be impactful in their engagement with the world.
CEAL's Guiding Practices
Guided by the principle of reciprocity, we take an asset-based approach to working with communities and underscore the importance of leveraging both campus and community knowledge to address an array of local and global issues, including those related to literacy, youth empowerment, criminal justice, public health, advocacy, food access and environmental justice.