CEL Canvas - 2017
Celebrating 10 Years
The Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) is celebrating 10 years of supporting and collaborating with faculty and community organizations in the creation and development of social-justice focused, high-impact learning experiences for students. Learn more about the CEL’s impact and the integration of curriculum with out-of-classroom experiences.
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
“Because of the guidance I received from countless teachers, advisors, and staff members, I found myself aligned with experiences that not only helped bolster my resume, but that led me to graduate as a strong, well-rounded woman for others - personally and professionally.” Learn more
- Emmy Carragher
- Major: International Studies,
Advertising / Public Relations
- Graduation Year: 2013
Enhancing Student Learning
Find out how Loyola University Chicago's Center for Experiential Learning partners with community organizations to create dynamic partnerships with students.
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.
16 different LUROP fellowships
38 majors represented
112 total mentors, 98 faculty, and 14 graduate students
The Center for Experiential Learning organizes an annual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium. Over 400 Loyola students showcased their research and community engagement scholarship at this event during Loyola’s 2017 Weekend of Excellence. Learn more
“This experience will allow me to have a better understanding of options for a future career path as well as preparing me to utilize professional skills in related social service fields.”— Shaniqua Mitchell
Shaniqua Mitchell presenting on her Psychology internship with Children’s Research Triangle
435 student presenters
30 oral presentations
256 poster presentations
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.