Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

Communities in Solidarity Program

Communities in Solidarity Program

The Communities in Solidarity program is funded through Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World, Loyola’s strategic plan 2015-2020. This program consists of NEW initiatives from the Center for Experiential Learning, focuses on immersing faculty and staff in Rogers Park and Edgewater more directly in order to create more Engaged Learning opportunities for Loyola students. This program explicitly builds Loyola’s anchor institution identity into the curriculum through the Engaged Learning University Requirement. 

The program consists of 1) faculty immersion opportunities in the Rogers Park and Edgewater communities, 2) funding for instructors of Engaged Learning courses to support student immersion in the Rogers Park and Edgewater communities, and 3) the launch of community courses co-facilitated by community partners through the Center for Experiential Learning.

Course Funding for Engaged Learning courses connecting to Rogers Park & Edgewater

In order to support community immersion via Engaged Learning, faculty can apply for up to $500 each semester to help their classes better connect to the Rogers Park – Edgewater neighborhoods. These funds can be utilized to take a class to a local organization, restaurant, or museum to support their Engaged Learning efforts and may include food, transportation, contributed services, or mini-honoraria for facilitated training from community partners. Priority will be given to participants in the Certificate in Experiential Learning Faculty Development Program. The form to apply for funding can be found here.

Reviewal of submissions will begin:
For Fall Semester: August 1st
For Spring Semester: October 1st

Funding applications for Fall will be accepted until Nov 15th or funds are depleted.

Your submission will be reviewed and followed up by the staff of the Center for Experiential Learning in roughly 10 business days. If you have any further questions please email experiential@luc.edu


Communities in Solidarity Faculty Immersion in Rogers Park and Edgewater

Misericordia Immersion

9AM - 12PM on Friday, September 28th 

Join us on September 28th from 9am-12pm for an immersion experience at Misericordia, a valued co-educator and community partner in Loyola Lake Shore Campus’ surrounding neighborhoods of Rogers Park and Edgewater. Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. By serving society’s most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home. Gain insight and further context about the social justice issues facing our neighbors to help inform and enhance your teaching and research.