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/4868-shelsea-deravil"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2208,2944/32149_Shelsea.rev.1580332262.jpg" alt="Shelsea Deravil" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2208,2944/32149_Shelsea.rev.1580332262.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2208,2944/32149_Shelsea.rev.1580332262.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2208" data-max-h="2944"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4868-shelsea-deravil">Shelsea Deravil</a></h2><h4> Class of 2021 | Lawrenceville, NJ </h4><a href="/live/profiles/4868-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/5329-matthew-fontanese"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,639,640/34395_HEADSHOT.rev.1599757422.jpg" alt="Matthew" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="639" data-max-h="640"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/5329-matthew-fontanese">Matthew Fontanese</a></h2><h4> Class of 2021 | Mahwah, NJ </h4><a href="/live/profiles/5329-matthew-fontanese" 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/3373-emily-harris"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/63,292,718,948/34793_image001_2.rev.1602622434.jpg" alt="Harris, Emily" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="655" data-max-h="656"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/3373-emily-harris">Emily Harris</a></h2><h4> Class of 2021 | Hershey, PA </h4><a href="/live/profiles/3373-emily-harris" 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/4327-thea-pastras"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,255,1098,1356/24897_thea.rev.1548693653.jpg" alt="Thea Pastras" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,255,1098,1356/24897_thea.rev.1548693653.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1098" data-max-h="1101"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4327-thea-pastras">Thea Pastras</a></h2><h4> Class of 2021 | Harrington Park, NJ </h4><a href="/live/profiles/4327-thea-pastras" 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/4017-autumn-murphy"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/24898_autumn.rev.1548694381.jpg" alt="Headshot of Autumn Murphy" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/24898_autumn.rev.1548694381.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/24898_autumn.rev.1548694381.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4017-autumn-murphy">Autumn Murphy</a></h2><h4> Class of 2021 | New Cumberland, PA </h4><a href="/live/profiles/4017-autumn-murphy" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
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  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3738-erin-matthews"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2515,2253/21352_Mathews_Erin.rev.1524497112.jpg" alt="Photo of Erin Matthews" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2515,2253/21352_Mathews_Erin.rev.1524497112.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2515,2253/21352_Mathews_Erin.rev.1524497112.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2515" data-max-h="2253"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/3738-erin-matthews">Erin Matthews</a></h2><a href="/live/profiles/3738-erin-matthews" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
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  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3029-sam-ha"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,374,342/16578_4764_headshot_ha_samantha_cropped.rev.1492007422.jpg" alt="Portrait of Sam Ha" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="374" data-max-h="342"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/3029-sam-ha">Sam Ha</a></h2><h4> Class of 2016 </h4><a href="/live/profiles/3029-sam-ha" 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/4737-christopher-moreno"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,182,320/32150_Chris.rev.1580332456.jpg" alt="Chris Moreno" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="182" data-max-h="320"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4737-christopher-moreno">Christopher Moreno</a></h2><h4> Class of 2022 | Bronx, NY </h4><a href="/live/profiles/4737-christopher-moreno" 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/4735-gabriel-jimenez"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1899,1979/32151_gabriel.rev.1580333697.jpg" alt="Gabriel Jimenez" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1899,1979/32151_gabriel.rev.1580333697.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1899,1979/32151_gabriel.rev.1580333697.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1899" data-max-h="1979"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4735-gabriel-jimenez">Gabriel Jimenez</a></h2><h4> Class of 2022 | New York City, NY </h4><a href="/live/profiles/4735-gabriel-jimenez" 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/3801-jane-krol"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,522,629/21674_Jane_Krol.rev.1525703340.png" alt="Jane Krol" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="522" data-max-h="629"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/3801-jane-krol">Jane Krol</a></h2><h4> Class of 2021 | Oceanside, NY </h4><a href="/live/profiles/3801-jane-krol" 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/5367-carly-rodriguez"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/839,1337,2133,2630/34795_image.rev.1602622798.jpg" alt="C, Rodriguez" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/839,1337,2133,2630/34795_image.rev.1602622798.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/839,1337,2133,2630/34795_image.rev.1602622798.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1294" data-max-h="1293"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/5367-carly-rodriguez">Carly Rodriguez</a></h2><h4> Class of 2023 | Pottstown, Pennsylvania </h4><a href="/live/profiles/5367-carly-rodriguez" 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> Asst. Professor of Philosophy & the Humanities/ Asst. Dean for Civic Engagement/ Bonner Director/ Project Pericles Program Director </h4><a href="/live/profiles/182-" 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.

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