A warm welcome to the Community Engaged Learning (CEL) @ Western website!
If you have worked with us before, you know that our office is focused on developing collaborative partnerships that benefit local and international communities, while contributing to students’ learning and development. We do this though CEL courses in multiple disciplines, as well as co-curricular programs such as Alternative Spring Break, Western Serves Day of Service and the Western Serves Network.
If you are new to CEL @ Western (formerly referred to as Community Service Learning @ Western), we hope you will find the resources on our website helpful, and that you will connect with us to learn more about the possibilities for partnership.
We are dedicated to creating meaningful relationships, and we look forward to partnering on innovative programs that support the important work you do in the London community, and beyond.
Our commitment to our Community Partners
Community Engaged Learning @ Western is committed to effective, sustainable and reciprocal partnerships. We strive to achieve this by:
- Listening carefully to community partners to understand your needs and interests
- Establishing respectful dialogues amongst all stakeholders (students, staff, faculty and community partners)
- Maximizing existing strengths and assets, while helping each other build capacity for the future
- Articulating clear service and learning goals for everyone involved
- Providing those engaged in CEL with the space, time and tools to reflect on their service experiences
- Engaging in regular assessment of CEL programs in order to continuously improve partnerships and outcomes
- Advocating for CEL at Western as an institutional priority, ensuring adequate resources to empower faculty, mobilize students, and engage community in meaningful ways
- Creating environments where the participation of diverse populations is valued and encouraged
- Maintaining a sense of fluidity and openness to change and the development of programs, opportunities and initiatives through organic processes
- Equally sharing power between all partners and ensuring that power is shared and maintained in a balanced, ethical and respectful way
Your role as a Community Partner
A Partnership Agreement signed between a designate supervisor within the community organization and Community Engaged Learning at Western will outline the roles and responsibilities of all parties. They include but are not limited to:
- Meeting with the students at an agreed upon time at a designated space within your organization during the first week of partnership to provide:
- A tour of your organization (if applicable)
- A brief history of your organization
- A safety orientation highlighting any regulated safety requirements as well as any site-specific safety items that participants should be aware of
- Any additional training or orientation requirements that would enable students to effectively complete their assigned project(s) or task(s).
- Complete ‘Student and Community Partner Expectations Agreement’ with the student(s) to ensure that mutual expectations in terms of project scope, communications plans, and the intended deliverables of the partnership between the organization and the students are clear at the beginning of the placement or project
- Have and maintain active liability insurance for the duration of the placement. If your organization does not have liability insurance, this must be disclosed to Western prior to signing this agreement
- Provide necessary guidance and resources to students who partner with your organization as they complete assigned projects or tasks (e.g., answer student questions, assist with troubleshooting, provide feedback and suggestions)
- Communicate any concerns about Western Student(s)’, conduct, performance, safety, and project progression with the designated Western faculty/staff contact immediately
- Complete a brief online evaluation upon the completion of the placement
***Western recognizes and acknowledges the right of the community partner to terminate the partnership where student concerns compromise the community partner project, program or organization.***
Learn more about CEL and our community partners
Current Community Partners
CEL Partner Request Form
Interested in becoming a partner for one of our CEL Courses? Complete the form to provide us with some information regarding your needs and project ideas. Once the information has been reviewed, we will contact you to discuss a partnership. Please note that we will do our very best to find the best way to engage with your opportunity, but we cannot guarantee that all projects will be able to be undertaken by those programs affiliated with The Student Success Centre.