A Campus-Wide Community-Engaged Learning Study: Insights and Future Directions

Keywords: community-enaged learning, undergraduate education, university-community relations, service-learning

Abstract

The authors undertook a campus-wide scan of community-engaged learning (CEL) initiatives at a large University. With collaboration from staff and leadership of the campus Centre For Community-Engaged Learning, the researchers designed an open-ended qualitative interview and questionnaire for senior administrators and faculty leaders across all local undergraduate faculties. Guiding questions for this project included: How do the various faculties and schools within the university define their relationship with community? What activities are considered CEL? How do students engage in these activities? What are the benefits of engaging with community? From these came specific interview questions that were administered to senior administration from each faculty, and further interviews were sought with identified faculty leaders. Findings are listed by faculty, with examples and definitions, and a concluding section offers insights and discussion around strategies to strengthen and enhance CEL. 

Author Biographies

Darren E. Lund, University of Calgary

Darren E. Lund, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, where his research examines social justice activism in schools, communities, and professional education programs. Darren holds a 2017-2020 SSHRC Insight Grant and is Editor of The Wiley International Handbook of Service-Learning for Social Justice (2018).

Bronwyn Bragg, York University

Bronwyn Bragg is a PhD candidate in human geography at the University of British Columbia. Her research draws on a participatory anti-oppression framework to explore questions of inclusion and belonging in Canadian cities. Bronwyn has extensive experience working in a community-based capacity with immigrant communities.

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Published
2021-04-15
How to Cite
Lund, D. E., & Bragg, B. (2021). A Campus-Wide Community-Engaged Learning Study: Insights and Future Directions. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning, 6(2), 31-51. https://doi.org/10.15402/esj.v6i2.70729