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Every year, Loyola's 100+ service-learning courses invite Loyola students and faculty to take their education out into the world, applying course concepts to real-world problems and collaborating with and learning from community organization partners.  Whether they are working as volunteers with one of Loyola's hundreds of community partners, sharing discipline-specific knowledge with the broader community, doing research on pressing social issues, or completing projects that advance community-defined priorities, students in service-learning classes learn by doing AND seeing how that learning intersects with the larger world.

Structured reflection activities built into service-learning classes provide ongoing opportunities for students and faculty to make meaningful connections between course content and the entire process of engaging with the community.  

The Center for Experiential Learning serves as a resource for faculty, students and community partners in all aspects of the service-learning experience. CEL staff help students connect with community-based organizations relevant to their service-learning course requirements. As a resource to faculty, the staff helps identify relevant community-based projects and volunteer sites, fosters relationships with those organizations and provides service-learning course development and support. The staff also provides support to community-based organizations in their role as co-educators of Loyola students, while also ensuring that their partnerships with Loyola achieve their strategic goals.

Want to learn more? Contact Susan Haarman at shaarman@luc.edu