Community and civic engagement is central to the Jesuit educational mission and Loyola’s commitment to transformative student learning. CCSJ works in partnership with Academic Affairs to help faculty and students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels connect academic endeavors with community goals in mutually beneficial partnerships.
What is Community Engagement?
According to the Carnegie Foundation for Teaching and Learning, community engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.
Community-engaged learning and scholarship can include a range of academic community engagement, including service-learning, community-engaged research, course-based group service, and advocacy projects. We also offer internal funding programs and faculty development opportunities.
To learn more, contact Dr. Jean Lee Cole, Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship, or email CELS@loyola.edu.
Literacy students read to a class at Guilford Elementary as part of service-learning in a course taught by Margarita Gomez.