Community-Engaged Learning

The Community-Engaged Learning Program’s top priority is to help students and faculty to integrate service into their academic work.

Our primary focus is the building of partnerships among students, faculty and community agencies in which all parties serve, learn and teach. CEL takes place through a variety of venues at the college. It can be found in many of the courses offered at the college, in much of the research that students undertake, in independent study courses that students design, and/or in senior thesis work.

Faculty across all disciplines engage their students in CEL. All courses include a combination of community-engaged and classroom work. Most offer students options that encourage them to explore individual interests and make interdisciplinary connections.

The Harward Center welcomes conversations with faculty and community partners about ways to integrate community-engaged learning with Bates courses and other types of learning at the college.