Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

CEL Canvas - 2015

Find out how CEL partners with community organizations to create dynamic partnerships with students.

The Mission

Advancing Loyola's Jesuit Catholic mission of "expanding knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith," the Center for Experiential Learning is an undergraduate curriculum center that collaborates with community, staff, and faculty partners as co-educators, to coordinate, develop, support, and implement academic experiential learning for students. Visit the center’s homepage

Experience


Academic internships foster experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting.
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Reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations lie at the heart of our work and allow our partners to embrace their role as co-educators of Loyola students.
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The Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP) offers fellowships for mentored research, guides to external research opportunities, travel grants for conference presentations, and workshops on research presentation skills.
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The Center for Experiential Learning organizes the annual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium. Over 300 Loyola students showcased their research and community engagement projects at this event during Loyola’s 2015 Weekend of Excellence.
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The Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP) offers fellowships for mentored research, guides to external research opportunities, travel grants for conference presentations, and workshops on research presentation skills.
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Service-learning brings academic content to life as students participate in the work of our communities, striving to make authentic connections between classroom studies and community action.
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An ePortfolio allows Loyola students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and values through a digital collection of their work.
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The Social Justice Internship Program is a premier year-long, paid internship opportunity for a cohort of Loyola undergraduate students that intern at significant community partner organizations, such as Misericordia Heart of Mercy and Catholic Charities.
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In a signature program made possible through College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), fifteen CAS undergraduates who were enrolled in academic internship courses and demonstrated financial need, received a $1,500 award to recognize their commitment to learning in a service internship.
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The Center for Experiential Learning supports faculty in their teaching of engaged learning courses through faculty development programs, curriculum development consultations, experiential learning resources, and connections to community based organizations
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Academic Internship

Academic Internships

“I am more myself now than I was before and I owe that all to PAWS and this course. When everyone says that you find yourself through the service of others, I suppose they really do know what they are talking about… I am a more passionate and dedicated individual than I ever was before, and now I finally have direction in my life.”

  • Lauren Rogers
  • Major: History
  • Year: 2016
  • Interned at: PAWS
1,273
students enrolled in academic internship courses

Lauren Rogers
Major:History
Year:2016
Interned at: PAWS

1,273 students enrolled in academic internship courses

Community Partnerships

Mutually beneficial relationships lie at the heart of the work of the Center for Experiential Learning, and relationships with community partners form the backbone of Loyola student learning off-campus. Students are able to expand their learning beyond the classroom through meaningful interactions with organizational staff and clients, highlighting the fact that everyone is both teacher and learner. As students help build capacity of our partner organizations, they have the opportunity to apply their learning to real-world situations and connect it to the lived experiences of their neighbors.
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700+
organizations hosted Loyola students for academic internships and service learning placements
96%
of community partners indicated that Loyola students contributed to the building of organizational capacity

700+ organizations hosted Loyola students for academic internships and service learning placements

96% of community partners indicated that Loyola students contributed to the building of organizational capacity

Undergraduate Research

16
different LUROP fellowships
38
majors represented
112
total mentors, 98 faculty, and 14 graduate students

16 different LUROP fellowships

38 majors represented

112 total mentors, 98 faculty, and 14 graduate students

Spring Symposium

The Center for Experiential Learning organizes an annual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium. Over 300 Loyola students showcased their research and community engagement projects at this event during Loyola’s 2015 Weekend of Excellence.

329 total presenters
53 oral presentations
193 poster presentations
Undergraduate Research
“Being able to conduct research with other students, setting up my own projects, and applying learned theories and techniques from lecture in the real world have truly enhanced my understanding of the scientific world in general.”

329 total presenters

53 oral presentations

193 poster presentations

Service-learning

Service-learning brings academic content to life as students participate in the work of our communities, striving to make authentic connections between classroom studies and community action.
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2,453
students engaged in service-learning
104,569
Number of hours that Loyola students served Chicago communities
Service Learning

2,453 students engaged in service-learning

104,569 Number of hours that Loyola students served Chicago communities

E-Portfolio

ePortfolio Program

An ePortfolio allows Loyola students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and values through a digital collection of their work.

3,439
learning portfolios created by students through academic and co-curricular courses/programs
3,296
learning portfolios created by students outside of a course or program requirement

3,439 learning portfolios created by students through academic and co-curricular courses/programs

3,296 learning portfolios created by students outside of a course or program requirement

3,439 learning portfolios created by students through academic and co-curricular courses/programs

3,296 learning portfolios created by students outside of a course or program requirement

Social Justice Internship

The Social Justice Internship Grant Program is a year-long, paid internship opportunity for Loyola undergraduate students. Through an intensive cohort model, students reflect upon their internship experiences and connect educational, professional, and personal development with issues of social justice and community development. During the 2014-2015 academic year, students engaged at one of two Chicago non-profits: Catholic Charities and Misericordia Heart of Mercy. Learn more

Social Justice Internship

“...I see it as my responsibility to pay it forward with every person I meet.”

— Samy Rivera

Community Engaged Academic Internship

Each year, approximately 60% of Loyola students enrolled in academic internship courses are in service internships—putting in 8-10 hours of volunteer work each week at Chicagoland organizations. Learn more

Community Engaged

“Being in my engaged learning class taught me a lot. You can go about your day and take for granted what you have done or learned...”

— Laressa McCloyn

$22,500
distributed to recognize students' commitment to learning in a service internship
65 APPLICANTS
15 RECIPIENTS

Internship Positions

Social Justice and Community Engaged Academic Internship program positions.

2014-2015 Social Justice Internship Positions


Misericordia Heart of Mercy

  • Developmental Training
  • Personal Effectiveness Program
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Social Services

Catholic Charities

  • Immigration and Naturalization
  • Madonna House
  • Refugee Resettlement

2014-2015 Community Engaged Positions


  • 48th Ward Office Chicago
  • Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Charities
  • Chicago Police Department
  • Cook County Adult Probation Department
  • Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department
  • Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago
  • Deborah's Place
  • LIFT Chicago
  • MarianJoy Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Pediatric Developmental Center
  • Refugee One
  • LIFT Chicago
  • Seven Generations Ahead
  • United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
  • Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

2014-2015 Social Justice Internship Positions

Misericordia Heart of Mercy
Developmental Training
Personal Effectiveness Program
Recreation and Leisure
Social Services

Catholic Charities
Immigration and Naturalization
Madonna House
Refugee Resettlement

2014-2015 Community Engaged Positions

48th Ward Office Chicago
Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Charities
Chicago Police Department
Cook County Adult Probation Department
Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department
Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago
Deborah's Place
LIFT Chicago
MarianJoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Pediatric Developmental Center
Refugee One
LIFT Chicago
Seven Generations Ahead
United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

Connecting to Engaged Teaching and Learning

The Center for Experiential Learning supports faculty in their teaching of engaged learning courses through faculty development programs, curriculum development consultations, experiential learning resources, and connections to community-based organizations.

Faculty Development

Stacy Neier, PhD

Marketing Instructor, Quinlan School of Business

“The support of CEL has been instrumental for me to transform student projects by providing access to cutting-edge tools and travel to community events..."

Faculty Development

Stefan Kanzok, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology

“...[The fellowship] allows me to become a better advisor to my students.”

Learn more about the Center for Experiential Learning

Visit Loyola’s Center for Experiential Learning for more information regarding academic internships, ePortfolios, service-learning, and undergraduate research. To learn more and view our many featured initiatives, read our 2015-2016 IMPACT annual report