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Community Engagement involves fostering mutually beneficial partnerships that enhance student learning, address societal concerns, and improve quality of life by co-creating partnerships that meet community needs.

What is Community Engaged Learning?

Community Engaged Learning is a classroom to community relationship that involves academically-based community engaged courses where your learning takes place in partnership with a community organization/business. You will have course content related reflection and/or faculty mentorship that enhances your learning while also providing a service to the partnering agency. There are two types of Community Engaged Learning: Community Engagement in Research & Scholarship and Community Engagement in Teaching & Learning.

Teaching & learning           Research & scholarship

Why do students engage?

Why volunteer?

  • Find opportunities that match your interests, skills, and availability with opportunities at more than 125 community agencies.
  • Service opportunities address community needs and create a deeper sense of community engagement.   
  • Volunteer projects may be on or off campus and could be done independently, as part of a club or organization, or through a course.  

Why take an internship?

  • See how the work you are doing in the classroom applies in a professional setting.
  • Explore a career, gain relevant experience in a field of choice, and potentially earn academic credit or get paid for your work.  
  • "Test-drive" a career for a single summer or semester.  

Why take a CEL class? 

  • Apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to help meet the needs of organizations in the community.   
  • Enhance your resume and foster stronger connections with people on campus and in the community.   
  • Decide on a major or career. 

How can students engage?

What is community engaged independent study?

Students & Community Engaged Learning Projects

  • Students who are interested in pursuing community-based academic endeavors such as research or projects that are developed in conjunction with the expressed needs of a community business or organization should start by securing a faculty mentor (traditionally, within their major or close interest area).
  • A list of over 400 potential mentors is on the Undergraduate Research and Creativity - contact any whose work you find interesting or speak to any of your instructors who may be working on an appropriate project.
    • Graduate students should start with faculty in their home programs.
  • Projects can be completed as a volunteer or for credit, and students can apply for grants to get paid to work on your project.

Community Engaged Learning resources

2019 UWL Fall Colors Students

Contact us!

Lisa Klein

Community Engagement Coordinator


Visit us!

UWL Office of Community Engagement
Cleary Alumni & Friends Center, Room 104
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601