Looking for community engagement opportunities? We’re here to help!
We are here to support collaborations between UW-Superior and the community. The Center for Community Engaged Learning (the Center) encourages all forms of community engagement, including, but not limited to:
- Academic Service-Learning
- Applied Research
- Creative Activities
The Center for Community Engaged Learning was established to help build upon, deepen, and expand the relationships between UW-Superior and the community. The Center will help bridge us, from our various disciplines, industries, and areas of expertise, in coming together to solve real issues that make a huge impact in people’s lives.
By creating this Center, UW-Superior is leveraging its strengths as an anchor institution—one in which public engagement is deeply ingrained, fully institutionalized and effectively taught and implemented. The one-stop-shop Center creates and sustains opportunities for meaningful engagement with the Twin Ports community to deepen learning, broaden knowledge, and further develop reciprocal relationships locally and regionally.
Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) provides an underpinning of the campuses outreach activities for the Center. AS-L is a credit bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs. With over 230 partnerships including many area schools, nonprofits, small businesses, and organizations such as Superior School District, The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA), and the Superior-Douglas County Chamber and Visitors Bureau, the initiative aims to make UW-Superior a regional leader in AS-L, thus providing a distinctively public quality to UW-Superior’s liberal arts mission. These opportunities allow our students to not only test their knowledge in the real world, but to play a vital role in the well-being and development of the community.
The Center for Community Engaged Learning is co-located with Center for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA) and Career Services. We invite all community members, faculty, staff, and students to connect with us!
The establishment of the Center aligns with UW-Superior’s mission of advancing community engaged learning on campus. Within the University’s mission statement, it states: “The University fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention, embodies respect for diverse cultures and multiple voices, and engaged the community and region”.
The establishment of the Center for Community Engaged Learning is a means to coordinate and highlight campus efforts. UW-Superior is engaged in a broad array of activities that allow students to enhance their education through community partnerships.
Through these mutually-beneficial partnerships, we are committed to deepening student learning, cultivating and sustaining civic participation, and bringing about positive social change.
Benefits for Students
Experiential hands-on teaching and learning courses and extracurricular projects provide students with guided opportunities to encounter firsthand the issues that they read about, requiring them to apply academic learning to nonacademic settings and challenging them to use their experiences in those settings to think more critically and deeply about what they are studying. Participating in community engagement allows students to:
- Reinforce classroom concepts through hands-on experiences
- Affirm career path through a related work environment
- Expand your resume to become a competitive job candidate
- Apply classwork to real world issues to address real community needs
- Network to build professional relationships
- Enjoy an alternative learning approach
Benefits to the Community
The University collaborates with a vast range of partnerships in the region. By partnering with University members, the community or your organization can expect mutually-beneficial collaborations. Hosting students at your company or organization can help:
- Fulfill an organization's most pressing needs
- Provide assistant to complete disregarded tasks
- Enhance or form positive relationships with the University
- Support student learning for our future workforce
- Identify potential candidates for open positions in your organization
- Provide a new perspective to the work environment
Benefits for Faculty and Staff
The Center for Community Engaged Learning provides a place for faculty and staff to find and form partnerships through a variety of fields. Incorporating community engagement into coursework can:
- Increase student engagement and participation
- Improve student understanding of course concepts through hands-on experience
- Connect coursework to meaningful personal experiences
- Support the retention of our students
- Provide alternative learning platforms to accommodate different learning styles