About CCEL

The Center For Community Engaged Learning, formerly the Community Involvement Center established in June 2007, is a strategic partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs that provides both curricular and co-curricular community engagement opportunities for campus constituents in partnership with local community organizations. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners come to the CCEL to create connections and opportunities to give and grow through learning and experience, and to build a community that thrives.

The main mission of the center is to engage students, faculty and staff members in direct service, civic engagement, and community research to promote civic participation, build community capacity, and enhance the educational process.

Community stewardship is woven into the fabric and culture of our campus and has been recognized as such by the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement awarded to WSU in 2008.

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

From 2008 to 2015, Weber State University was listed each year on The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

NASPA Lead Initiative

Weber State University has served as a lead institution in NASPA's Lead Initiative for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement since 2012.

What is Community Engaged Learning?

Community Engaged Learning is defined as an activity that involves a collaborative, reciprocal relationship with the community that prepares our students, faculty, staff and alumni to be engaged citizens by strengthening their democratic values and civic responsibility as they address community issues. 

Community engaged learning can be facilitated through one of our three pathways: direct service, civic engagement, or community research.

Three pathways of CEL

Direct Service

Direct service experiences often involve working directly with community residents to meet an immediate need.  Examples of direct service include, but are not limited to: volunteering to serve meals at a homeless shelter, using academic knowledge to develop an electronic food-monitoring database for a food pantry, serving as a mentor or tutor in a local school or youth development program, cleaning up the banks of the Ogden River, or coaching a city youth sport.

Civic Engagement

Civic engagement experiences often involve raising awareness about issues of public concern and working more systematically through both political and non-political processes to create change. Examples of civic engagement include, but are not limited to: attending organized discussions about pollution; community organizing; writing a letter to an elected official; engaging others in the process of deliberative democracy; or producing information about community issues.

Community Research

Community research experiences often involve gathering information with and for community organizations to solve a pressing community problem or create change.  Examples of community research include, but are not limited to: community needs assessment survey; water quality or scientific assessment; or program evaluation for non-profit organizations.

Center for Community Engaged Learning
Union, Room 324
3910 West Campus Drive
Department 2113
Ogden, Utah 84408-2113

Phone: 801-626-7737

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