Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

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.

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

Learning Together


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 400 Loyola students showcased their research and community engagement scholarship at this event during Loyola’s 2017 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 year-long, paid internship opportunity for a cohort of Loyola undergraduate students that intern at one of our premier community partner organizations, Misericordia Heart of Mercy or Catholic Charities.
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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 Internships

“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
1,244
students enrolled in academic internship courses

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

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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2,930
students engaged in service-learning
102,550
Number of hours that Loyola students served Chicago communities

Undergraduate Research

17
different LUROP fellowships
30
majors represented
98
total mentors, 86 faculty and 12 graduate students

16 different LUROP fellowships

38 majors represented

112 total mentors, 98 faculty, and 14 graduate students

Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium

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

435 student presenters
30 oral presentations
256 poster presentations

“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

Community Partnerships



93%
of community partners indicated that Loyola students contributed to the building of organizational capacity

840
organizations hosted Loyola students for academic internships and service-learning placements

See a Map of Community Partners

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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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. Learn more

Cheryl McPhilimy

Instructor, School of Communication

“My courses are better – from syllabus to practices to reflection to impact – because of the research, conversation and connections that have come through the CEL...."

Tania Schusler, PhD

Advanced Lecturer, Institute of Environmental Sustainability

“CEL’s staff are always available for one-on-one consultation when specific dilemmas arise in service-learning course instruction....”

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 2016-2017 academic year, students engaged at one of two Chicago non-profits: Catholic Charities and Misericordia Heart of Mercy. Learn more

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“As I engaged the Chicago community, I experienced firsthand social justice issues such as homelessness and hunger; the encounters with clients challenged me to develop my ministry style in response to social injustice.”

— Justin Hoch

Learning Portfolio Program

An ePortfolio allows Loyola students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and values through a digital collection of their work.
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6,404
learning portfolios created by students through academic and co-curricular courses/programs
2,626
first-year students started building their learning portfolios

Learn more about the Center for Experiential Learning

Visit Loyola’s Center for Experiential Learning for more information regarding service-learning, academic internships, undergraduate research, and learning portfolios. To learn more and view our many featured initiatives, read our 2016-2017 IMPACT annual report