Welcome Community Partners!
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.
The OCEL works with partners to brainstorm ways Vassar students can support your mission and work. We hope that our community partners will serve as co-educators and co-mentors of our Vassar students to create meaningful experiential opportunities for growth and development.
CEL projects and experiences are varied but include these criteria:
- Address a specific community-identified interest, inquiry, project, or idea;
- Includes working with and learning alongside a community partner;
- Enhances classroom learning by making connections between the community-based work and the academic work;
- Centers structured critical reflection.
The OCEL works with partners to brainstorm ways Vassar students can support their mission and work. We hope that our community partners will serve as co-educators and co-mentors of our Vassar students to create meaningful experiential opportunities for growth and development.
Spring Semester Key Dates
- Now through the end of January: Students meet with OCEL to learn about how to engage with organizations for the spring
- January 17: classes begin and some students will start their CELs
- January 24 : last day for students to register for CEL
- Spring Break: March 1 - 17
- Classes End: April 30 —most students will end their CEL on or around this date
- Finals: May 8 - 14
Examples of Past Student Experiences
- Community outreach support
- Policy research
- Creating digital and other marketing and social media content
- Programmatic support
- Translation services
- Tutoring or early literacy curriculum development and teaching
- Using technical skills like GIS to create mapping projects
- Youth programming support
- Data entry, data analysis, and report writing
- Video editing, voice-overs, recording books or materials