Engaged Learning Facilitators

Engaged Learning Facilitators (ELFs) serve as liaisons between faculty members teaching community engagement (CE) courses, the students enrolled in those courses, and the community partners with whom students serve. 

Application Closed for 2020-2021



All students who are committed to service and social justice and interested in working with faculty, community partners, and students are encouraged to apply.


General Overview of ELF Program  

The ELF team consists of 6 - 7 students.  Each ELF supports 4 - 5 community engagement (CE) courses per semester, and also promotes a culture of service and social justice education by planning and participating in CILSA events.   

In supporting courses, ELFs engage in the following activities:

  • coordinate and conduct in-class orientations and check-ins

  • facilitate in-class reflections

  • assist students with initial contact with partners to begin their service experiences

  • maintain contact with students throughout the term, providing a clear channel of communication, logistical support, and problem-solving assistance


ELF Training and Support

The CILSA Student Leader Training is scheduled for Monday, August 17 - Friday, August 21, 2020 online.  This week includes CILSA-wide programming on social justice topics as well as ELF-specific training to support CE courses.  

Throughout the year, the ELF team meets every other week for reflections, to discuss social justice texts, and share CE course updates.



Contact Dr. Sarah Dempsey, CILSA Associate Director for Community Engagement and Faculty Development, at sdd4@stmarys-ca.edu.