Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Community-Engaged Learning

The Office of Community-Engaged Learning (OCEL) collaborates with students, faculty, & community organizations to develop community-engaged projects that bring together learning goals, passions, & local needs. We promote sustained, mutually beneficial collaborations that emphasize student learning & community benefits.


Consistent with Southwestern’s core values, the OCEL encourages students to develop and act upon a heightened sense of responsibility to one’s communities. Through civic engagement, individuals —as citizens of their communities, their nations, and the world— are empowered as agents of positive social change for a more democratic world. Southwestern students are civically engaged as community-engaged learners, activists, and volunteers in the community.

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    SMArTeams, a partnership between Southwestern and the YMCA after school program, celebrated its 20th semester of programming where college students work one-on-one with a 3rd, 4th or 5th grader on a project of inquiry.
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    Community Engaged Learning Teaching Assistants are students who support the civic engagement pedagogy that is strongly applied at Southwestern by supporting a faculty member involved in community engaged learning.