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


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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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

Forms and References

Community Engagement (CE) Defined at Saint Mary's College

Service-Learning Defined at Saint Mary's College

Community Engagement (CE) Course Time Line

Mythbusting: The Top Ten Myths of Service

Primer for Potential Student Pushback

Course Agreement Form. Signed partnership agreement between faculty members and community partners.  Due to CILSA by October 1st (Jan Term/Spring courses); April 1st (Fall courses)

Community Engagement Student Handbook

Student Course Agreement Form

Additional CILSA Resources

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 for the dates and locations.

Get Connected for Service. A website 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.  

Saint Mary's College Community Partners. A current list of all community partners that have MOUs with the College.

Engaged Learning Facilitators. Student leaders who provide course support (i.e., CE orientation, logistics, communication with students and partners) for community engagement courses.

CILSA's Resource LibraryWhere 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.


Core Curriculum Committee

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

O.P.E.R.A: A First Letter Mnemonic and Rubric for Conceptualizing and Implementing Service Learning 

Shedding Light on the Shadow Side of Reflection and Service-Learning