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Community-Engaged Learning

Duquesne University is committed to helping students develop their ability to work collaboratively with others to build a more just and verdant world.  This form of education rests heavily on community-engaged experiences that put the knowledge, skills, and values of their disciplines into action.  Using a two-tiered model of community-engaged learning, we offer students the opportunity to engage in community-based experiences throughout our degree programs. 

Community-engaged learning differs from volunteerism, community service, internships, and field education through the

  1. emphasis on students' civic development,
  2. use of ongoing, structured reflection, and
  3. emphasis on sustained, reciprocal partnerships between faculty and community partners.

Engagement denotes collaborations between communities and our faculty or students. Engagement can take many forms (such as community-based research, policy work, co-learning arrangements, or dialogue groups) but consistently strives to develop authentic relationships between the people involved and surfaces the social and environmental problems that the collaboration addresses.

Elements of a Community-Engaged Learning Experience

Elements of SL

If you are interested in integrating community engagement into your teaching, the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research offers a number of resources to support faculty