Students at the Grand Theatre

There are many opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in community engaged learning. Whether developing curricular CEL opportunities for your students, participating as a leader in global experiences like Alternative Spring Break, or volunteering your time with your colleagues through local service, there is something for everyone.

Collaborate with local and global communities to address community-defined needs. Affect authentic change building and bridging the university-community relationship. Click here to discover what your colleagues are saying about the benefits of CEL at Western.

Why Incorporate Community Engaged Learning?

  • Utilize innovative teaching strategies to serve a public good
  • Contribute to improved student learning outcomes as students apply course content to societal issues
  • Help students build transferable skills to prepare them for post-graduate employment
  • Offer students the opportunity to engage in self-directed learning
  • Build connections with industry and community partners that can lead to research collaboration and other forms of engaged scholarship

Did You Know?

We supported over 33 CEL courses in 2017-2018. Check out our current CEL courses.

In 2017-2018, students in CEL courses donated a combined total of 46,383 hours to community projects

CEL at Western won the Pillar Innovation Award for Community Impact in 2017. 


Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Community of Practice

This group consists of faculty who teach curricular community engaged learning courses.  It is led by the Community Engaged Learning Coordinators on the Experiential Learning team who facilitate monthly lunch and learns with guest speakers and featured topics. For help with any questions, or to join this CoP, contact Kelly Hollingshead.

Create a CEL course or opportunity today

Are considering using CEL as pedagogy for your course? Our team would be happy to connect with you to provide access and support to embed CEL as part of your course. Connect with us today!

More information on Experiential Learning 

To learn about embedding other experiential learning opportunities into your work or to access general resources on incorporating EL principles, visit Experiential Learning at Western.