Spring 2023 – How to Engage

Community-Engaged Learning is a community-based experiential educational opportunity. Students work with a community partner and supplement off-campus learning with the support of a faculty sponsor.

The OCEL aims to build long-term and asset-based community partnerships that center community voice. We work collaboratively with students, faculty, and community partners to facilitate credit-bearing community-based (CEL) experiences that complement students’ academic journey. The OCEL hopes that CEL experiences will help students deepen their self-awareness, make real-world connections outside of the classroom, sharpen their critical analysis skills of the root causes of social injustices, and develop knowledge, tools, and agency to create a more just world.


Step 1: Set up an appointment with the OCEL!

In this meeting we will talk about your social justice passions, areas of interest, transportation options, and go into more detail about the steps below. If you have a resume prepared, great! If not, we recommend meeting with the Career Development Office.

In preparation, we encourage you to review Spring CEL Opportunities here.

Step 2: Connect and interview with a community organization

Step 3: Email the OCEL to let us know if you are offered a position

Step 4: Ask a faculty member to be your faculty sponsor. We recommend asking someone you have taken a class with previously, or whose research aligns with the work of the organization.

Step 5: Register! [students can register during Pre-Registration or Add/Drop]

Visit the Registrar’s page here for all registration forms.

Step 6: Complete the CEL Agreement Form

Click here to access the form.

Step 7: Attend CEL Orientation

RSVP here!

Step 8: Attend CEL Mid-Semester Meeting

Dates coming soon!

Step 9:  Attend an End of the Semester celebration

Date coming soon!

Should you have any questions, please email ocel@vassar.edu