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Community Engaged Learning & Research

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The newly designated Office of Community Engaged Learning & Research (CELR) in University College (formerly the Research Service-Learning Program) will serve as an interdisciplinary, university-wide office committed to supporting community engaged scholarship and teaching. The mission of CELR is to foster quality experiential learning opportunities for students, support faculty with their community-based teaching and scholarship, and facilitate mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships. The CELR works with academic departments to increase the number and quality of service-learning course offerings in all disciplines across campus and support faculty as they work to incorporate service-learning and community based research courses in undergraduate education, from freshman gateway courses to senior capstones. The CELR is advised by the Service-Learning Advisory Board (SLAB), which will develop recommendations for strengthening service-based learning opportunities integrated with academic instruction. The SLAB will provide guidance by facilitating discussion, gathering relevant data, recognizing achievement and promoting best-practices in individual courses and degree programs that choose to integrate service-learning or community-based research into the student experience. 

For more information about the Office for Community Engaged Learning & Research and its programs and initiatives, please contact Dr. Monica Kowal at (505) 277-3355 or by email at