Community-engaged learning (CEL) is an experiential learning opportunity where students are able to combine work in a non-profit organization, a government agency, or business with academic work under the guidance of a faculty sponsor.
CEL aims to enhance classroom learning, provide experience and foster civic engagement. Students are sponsored by a faculty member who assigns them academic work that typically includes readings, keeping a journal, and a final project or paper. The Office of Community-Engaged Learning facilitates experiential opportunities for students, while a faculty sponsor supervises the academic work.
Nearly every department and program at Vassar sponsors community-engaged learning. Most CEL opportunities are in Poughkeepsie and the Mid-Hudson Valley, but many students arrange their own CEL opportunities in New York City and elsewhere. Students may need a pre- or co-requisite course in the sponsoring department. Internships during the summer may also be eligible for community-engaged learning credit.
The OCEL upholds the college’s commitment to providing an accessible and inclusive learning environment. Please contact the office if you need any accommodations.