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Welcome Community Partners!

About

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
  • Grant-writing
  • 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
  • Fundraising