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Community Engaged Learning

“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”  -W.B. Yeats

UCARE supports faculty in integrating community engagement into their courses to deepen and enrich the learning that goes on in the classroom. By working in collaboration with local organizations, students are able to experience concepts learned in the classroom in real-world applications while helping to address community needs.

Community-Based Learning serves the Ursinus College mission by providing a framework for students to fulfill their educational and personal goals while also giving back to the communities in which their learning takes place. In this sense, community-based learning closes the circle on an experiential learning cycle, and provides benefits to all of those who are involved.

The American Association for Higher Education defines Service-Learning as “A method under which students learn and develop through thoughtfully organized service that: is conducted in and meets the needs of a community and is coordinated with an institution of higher education and the community; helps foster civic responsibility; is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students enrolled; and includes structured time for students to reflect on the service experience.”

By providing students with opportunities to learn outside the classroom in a variety of venues, including service, research, and internships, community-based learning facilitates both experiential knowledge and an increased sense of social and civic responsibility.

Meet a Service Leader

  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3372-noel-mccampbell"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,522/18759_Noel_6.rev.1506435699.jpg" alt="Photo of Noel McCampbell" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="640" data-max-h="522"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/3372-noel-mccampbell">Noel McCampbell</a></h2><h4> Class of 2020 | Milton, MA </h4><a href="/live/profiles/3372-noel-mccampbell" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3741-aliyah-stephens"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,235,396/21378_as1.rev.1524592631.JPG" alt="Photo of Aliyah Stephens playing basketball" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="235" data-max-h="396"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/3741-aliyah-stephens">Aliyah Stephens</a></h2><h4> Class of 2021 | Mullica Hill, New Jersey </h4><a href="/live/profiles/3741-aliyah-stephens" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/182-"><img src="/live/image/gid/29/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,250,177/1200_christian_rice.rev.1407443798.jpg" alt="Headshot of Christian Rice" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="250" data-max-h="177"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/182-">Christian Rice</a></h2><h4> Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion/Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement/ Director of the Harold C. Smith Program </h4><a href="/live/profiles/182-" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3375-emily-shiplett"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1037,1280/18959_Emily_Shiplett.rev.1507210570.jpg" alt="Photot of Emily Shiplett at the Eiffel Tower " class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1037,1280/18959_Emily_Shiplett.rev.1507210570.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1037" data-max-h="1280"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/3375-emily-shiplett">Emily Shiplett</a></h2><h4> Class of 2020 | Mountaintop, PA </h4><a href="/live/profiles/3375-emily-shiplett" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3737-emily-cid"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1887,2022/21351_29993991_425763647864627_753063624_o_2.rev.1524496868.jpg" alt="Photo of Emily Cid" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1887,2022/21351_29993991_425763647864627_753063624_o_2.rev.1524496868.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1887,2022/21351_29993991_425763647864627_753063624_o_2.rev.1524496868.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1887" data-max-h="2022"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/3737-emily-cid">Emily Cid</a></h2><a href="/live/profiles/3737-emily-cid" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3052-jamie-faselt"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,374,499/16648_5557_jamie-faselt-profile.rev.1493130058.jpg" alt="Portrait of Jamie Faselt" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="374" data-max-h="499"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/3052-jamie-faselt">Jamie Faselt</a></h2><h4> Class of <p> Class of 2015</p></h4><a href="/live/profiles/3052-jamie-faselt" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2923-emily-thomas"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/182,0,721,539/15793_emily_thomas.rev.1487183807.jpg" alt="Photo of Emily Thomas" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="539" data-max-h="539"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/2923-emily-thomas">Emily Thomas</a></h2><h4> Class of 2020 | Sellersville, PA </h4><a href="/live/profiles/2923-emily-thomas" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2909-min-son"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,721,721/30824_Min.rev.1570823530.JPG" alt="Min" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="721" data-max-h="721"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/2909-min-son">Min Son</a></h2><h4> Class of 2020 | Newtown, PA </h4><a href="/live/profiles/2909-min-son" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/4014-wilbert-pichardo"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,69,750,819/23029_pichardo.rev.1536071775.jpg" alt="Photo of Wilbert Pichardo" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="750" data-max-h="750"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4014-wilbert-pichardo">Wilbert Pichardo</a></h2><h4> Class of 2020 | Camden, NJ </h4><a href="/live/profiles/4014-wilbert-pichardo" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/4020-emily-reeve"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,206,208/24899_emily.rev.1548694538.jpg" alt="Emily Reeve" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="206" data-max-h="208"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4020-emily-reeve">Emily Reeve</a></h2><h4> Class of 2019 | Audubon, NJ </h4><a href="/live/profiles/4020-emily-reeve" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2910-stephanie-hawkins"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,960/15723_stephanie_hawkins.rev.1486484053.jpg" alt="Portrait of Stephanie Hawkins" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,960/15723_stephanie_hawkins.rev.1486484053.jpg 2x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="960"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/2910-stephanie-hawkins">Stephanie Hawkins</a></h2><h4> Class of 2019 | Reistertown, MD </h4><a href="/live/profiles/2910-stephanie-hawkins" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1483-katie-turek"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1115,1133/29241_headshot_2_8.rev.1563297467.jpg" alt="Katie Turek" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1115,1133/29241_headshot_2_8.rev.1563297467.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1115" data-max-h="1133"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/1483-katie-turek">Katie Turek</a></h2><h4> Associate Director </h4><a href="/live/profiles/1483-katie-turek" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3732-shelsea-deravil"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1920/21613_Shelsea.rev.1525181831.jpg" alt="Photo of Shelsea Deravil" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1920/21613_Shelsea.rev.1525181831.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1080" data-max-h="1920"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/3732-shelsea-deravil">Shelsea Deravil</a></h2><a href="/live/profiles/3732-shelsea-deravil" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/4030-melissa-hoff"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,147,2400,2547/23137_melissa.rev.1536775481.jpg" alt="Melissa Hoff" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,147,2400,2547/23137_melissa.rev.1536775481.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,147,2400,2547/23137_melissa.rev.1536775481.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="2400"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4030-melissa-hoff">Melissa Hoff</a></h2><h4> Class of 2021 | Harleysville, PA </h4><a href="/live/profiles/4030-melissa-hoff" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3312-nyrobi-barnes"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,595,2400,2995/23033_158CCBDD-8CC9-497D-8D34-DE537B638742.rev.1536074086.jpg" alt=" Photo of Nyrobi Barnes" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,595,2400,2995/23033_158CCBDD-8CC9-497D-8D34-DE537B638742.rev.1536074086.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,595,2400,2995/23033_158CCBDD-8CC9-497D-8D34-DE537B638742.rev.1536074086.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="2400"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/3312-nyrobi-barnes">Nyrobi Barnes</a></h2><h4> Class of 2020 | Delran, NJ </h4><a href="/live/profiles/3312-nyrobi-barnes" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>

Debating 4 Democracy (D4D), is an interactive workshop that helps individuals develop the tools necessary to effect social change within their communities, hosted annually here at Ursinus.