Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

Conceptual Framework of Partnership

The Center for Experiential Learning has been partnering with local organizations for years to provide community-based learning opportunities for undergraduate students. Through these partnerships, over 1000 organizations have worked with faculty and students providing opportunities either within the realm of service-learning, academic internships, and/or community-based research. The CEL also provides these organizations campus-based professional development opportunities through annual workshops, networking, and career fairs to enhance relationship-building and knowledge sharing. Because of the plethora of relationships that have been established over the years, the CEL has developed a conceptual framework of how it approaches community partnerships.

A graphic representation of this framework is below (larger version here), and our report explaining how we created this framework and detailing its elements is available here.

CEL Community Partnerships Conceptual Framework Graphic B