Take advantage of CILSA's online resources or stop by our office on the 2nd floor of Ferroggiaro for additional information and support.

Questions Instructors Ask, and the Resources that Answer Them:

How can I create a Community Engagement (Service-Learning or Community-Based Research)  Course?

Video: Developing SL and CBR @ SMC with OPERA   Watch this video to learn how to utilize the OPERA framework to conceptualize, implement, and assess service-learning and community-based research courses. 

Contact Sarah Dempsey (sdd4@stmarys-ca.edu) to set up an individual meeting with CILSA staff to discuss your new or revised course.

How can I work toward meeting the Core Curriculum's Community Engagement learning outcome through my Service-Learning or Community-Based Research Course?

Video: Core Curriculum & Community Engagement Using SL & CBR   This brief video reviews the three benchmarks of Community Engagement from the new Core Curriculum and illustrates how service-learning and/or community-based research courses can be developed to meet these benchmarks and learning goals. 

How can I find and partner with community organizations for Community Engagement Courses?

Video: Establishing Partnerships for Service-learning & CBR   Instructors need to know and apply principles of best practice when establishing community partnerships for service-learning and CBR.  The Top Ten Things to discuss with community agencies and a timeline for creating partnerships are presented in this 11-min video. 

Every semester CILSA hosts a Community Partner Day.  This is where community organization staff come to Saint Mary's College to talk with faculty members about partnership opportunities.  Contact Sarah Dempsey at sdd4@stmarys-ca.edu for the dates and locations.

Also, we now have Get Connected for Service available as an opportunity for community partners to promote their organizations and service needs to faculty and students.  All of the organizations listed have Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the College and are available to partner with faculty for community engagement courses.  

How do I conduct in-class reflections and create rigorous reflection assignments?

Video: Reflection in Service-learning Part I  Reflection is defined and characterized as a critical component of service-learning in this 8-minute video presentation.

Video:  Reflection in Service-learning Part II   Several “tried and true” methods for conducting reflection are introduced in this 14-minute video presentation. 

How do I apply for official Community Engagement (CE) course designation?

Contact the Core Curriculum Committee for designation information, forms, and timelines.  

How can my Community Engagement course receive logistical support from a CILSA Engaged Learning Facilitator (ELF)?

Contact Sarah Dempsey at sdd4@stmarys-ca.edu for more information about how CILSA can support your course, including pairing you with an Engaged Learning Facilitator (ELF).

What other resources about Social Justice teaching, Service-Learning and Community-Based Research does CILSA offer?

CILSA's Resource Library: Where can you find books, articles and practical guides related to teaching for social justice, service-learning and CBR, Catholic Social Teaching, poverty, public service careers, and more?

CILSA's Resource Library, which is located on the 2nd floor of Ferroggiaro.

Search our library online, or simply stop by to visit!

SMC Library's Social Justice Subject Page: Click here to find books, videos, journals and periodicals, references, and more. 

Helpful Social Justice and Service-Learning Links:

SMC Library's Social Justice Subject Page

Learn and Serve America’s National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC)

Sample Service-Learning Syllabi from across the nation

Campus Compact, a national coalition dedicated to promoting civic engagement and service-learning in higher education.

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning








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