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

Howard Area Community Center Immersion: Partnerships and Potential

9AM - 12PM on Friday, April 13th 

As part of Plan 2020, we are pleased to announce that our spring Communities in Solidarity Faculty Immersion will be with Howard Area Community Center on Friday, April 13th from 9AM - 12PM. Howard Area Community Center is a social service agency that provides life-sustaining services such as affordable and free education, employment, and health assistance programs for the greater Rogers Park area. We'll be touring HACC, learning more about their services and role in Rogers Park, and will then have a strategic conversation about potential ways to partner together. Please join us for all or even part of the morning. RSVP here  or email Susan Haarman at shaarman@luc.edu with further questions.