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Community-Engaged Learning Resources

The Rochester Center for Community Leadership along with other University partners have created an initiative for Community-Engaged Learning to be a cornerstone to the education of Rochester students. In order to encourage faculty participation mini-grants have been awarded to support the development of additions to pre-existing course, new courses, or large community-engaged learning based events. More information on that can be found here.

This page is a compilation of resources that may be useful if you are interested in community-engaged learning or if you are interested in having a community-engaged learning course, or portion to your course.

(For a detailed handbook on community-engaged learning click this link to UC San Francisco's handbook.)

Transportation Request Form

Faculty conducting community-engaged courses or projects funded through RCCL's grant program can make transportation requests using the RCCL Transportation Request Form. All requests need to be made at least one week prior to the date transportation is needed. For transportation questions related to community-engaged learning, email

Sample Syllabi

Below are links to sample syllabi that have been collected and compiled by the organization Campus Compact.

Preparing Students

Learning Through Critical Reflection: A Tutorial for Service-learning Studentsis a wonderful and informative resource. Ash and Clayton provide an overview of The DEAL Model for critical reflection, how to use it, and how to integrate it into the service-learning, or community-engaged learning, experience. They also provide sample activities, examples of homework assignments, etc.

This text is perfect for preparing students for community-engaged learning by educating them on how to truly critically reflect on their experiences.

Sample Assignments

Identifying Community Partners

Community partners are integral to the community-engaged learning process. Community partners provide the practical experience necessary for community-engaged learning to occur. By having a community partner as a part of a course it allows students to become more civically engaged citizens, become aware of local issues and programs combating those issues, and work to enact positive change in the community.

Examples of current community partners are:

Resources to find other community partners are:

Community Events

If you are looking for local Rochester events for your class, check these websites.