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School seeks Loyola Men of Color for Racial Reconciliation and Civic Project

Brother to Hermano, a project of Hayt Elementary School in Edgewater, seeks to overcome the racial divide that exists by bringing together middle school boys of various ethnic backgrounds to strengthen their understanding of other cultures and provide an opportunity to be proactive in the community. Through Brother to Hermano, these young men develop social and academic tools to mature into honorable and productive young men in their community who can think critically about the decisions they make. Loyola University men of color are invited to mentor Hayt students through a civic participation project, once each week on Fridays from September – May. Contact Jon Schmidt or Lillianna Franco for more information.

Document your Serving & Learning in LOCUS!

Students: have you documented your community-based work in LOCUS yet? This process helps Loyola manage student risk, substantiates your fulfillment of the Engaged Learning Requirement, and puts info about your community work onto your transcript! Learn how to do it in this 1-minute video!  

Fall 2015 Service-Learning Courses

More than 40 LUC faculty are offering service-learning courses for the Fall 2015 academic semester. Courses range from environmental sustainability to global health to Christian theology and many others. Dozens of community partners work closely with CEL staff and faculty to make these experiential learning experiences possible. Click here for a full listing of service-learning courses.  


Student Perspectives About Civic Engagement (SPACE) is a new online journal featuring Chicago area university students writing about their service-learning experiences. The journal is a collaborative effort of seven metropolitan Chicago universities, providing a venue for students to generate research articles based on their academic service-learning courses. The first issue of SPACE will go live on September 25, 2015. If you are a student and would like submit a manuscript for consideration in subsequent issues, please visit the SPACE website by clicking above.  

Faith and Service

The CEL is working with Loyola’s Department of Theology and other campus partners to explore the intersection of faith and service in local congregations. As students study key theological principles, ideas, and doctrines through texts, presentations, and discussion, they interact with local congregations through worship experiences and service to community to understand how these questions play out in the life of congregations. More than 20 local congregations work with CEL to make these learning experiences a reality.


Election Simulation

The Center for Experiential Learning hosts 125 Chicago Public School high school students for an election simulation experience each year. The simulation aligns with student’s studies in civics classrooms in Chicago as well as current election cycles. Elect 2016, the next simulation, will take place on Friday, March 4, 2016. Loyola faculty, staff, and students will collaborate to deliver this civic learning experience for CPS students.

Community Action Seminar: Organizing for Power and Community Change

EXPL 290 explores approaches to sustainable community development and strategies that build power for change in communities, in particular community economic development and community organizing. Students will have the opportunity through 35-40 hours of service to participate in community action with a focus on education, housing, and community safety in our communities.   LEARN MORE

CEL Partnership Statement

The CEL introduced a new Partnership Statement at this year's Community Partner Gathering, including both philosophical reflection on why and how we partner and a breakdown of the rights and responsibilities associated with experiential learning partnerships. Learn more...

See Where Loyola Served

In 2013-14, 2,321 students in 108 service-learning courses worked with 415 community organizations in Chicago and beyond, providing approximately 140,500 hours of service. Visit our interactive map to learn more…   LEARN MORE