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/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/3059-liam-marston"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,477,477/16683_liam_marston_2.rev.1493738271.jpg" alt="Photo of Liam Marston with child" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="477" data-max-h="477"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/3059-liam-marston">Liam Marston</a></h2><h4> Class of 2013 </h4><a href="/live/profiles/3059-liam-marston" 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/4867-raeann-risko"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1125,1501/32148_Raeann.rev.1580332046.jpg" alt="Raeann Risko" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1125,1501/32148_Raeann.rev.1580332046.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1125" data-max-h="1501"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4867-raeann-risko">Raeann Risko</a></h2><h4> Class of 2022 | Pottstown, PA </h4><a href="/live/profiles/4867-raeann-risko" 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/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/4733-abby-peabody"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1280,851/30823_abby.rev.1570823128.jpg" alt="Abby" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1280,851/30823_abby.rev.1570823128.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1280" data-max-h="851"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4733-abby-peabody">Abby Peabody</a></h2><a href="/live/profiles/4733-abby-peabody" 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/4007-jane-krol"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/110,96,374,360/23017_krol.rev.1536004254.png" alt=" Photo of Jane Krol" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="264" data-max-h="264"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4007-jane-krol">Jane Krol</a></h2><h4> Class of 2021 | Oceanside, NY </h4><a href="/live/profiles/4007-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/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/3373-emily-harris"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2286/18958_harris.rev.1507210433.jpg" alt="Photo of Emily Harris" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2286/18958_harris.rev.1507210433.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2286/18958_harris.rev.1507210433.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2286"/></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>
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  • <div class="widget-article widget-article--alt"><div class="widget__image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/4022-kelsey-blake"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1349/23056_Blake.rev.1536173406.png" alt="Photo of Kelsey Blake in front of flowers" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1349/23056_Blake.rev.1536173406.png 2x" data-max-w="1080" data-max-h="1349"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4022-kelsey-blake">Kelsey Blake</a></h2><h4> Class of 2021 | Queens, NY </h4><a href="/live/profiles/4022-kelsey-blake" 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/4878-ashly-chavez"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/0,0,480,600/32215_ashly.rev.1580747083.jpg" alt="Ashly Chavez" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" data-max-w="480" data-max-h="600"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4878-ashly-chavez">Ashly Chavez</a></h2><h4> Class of 2022 | San Diego, CA </h4><a href="/live/profiles/4878-ashly-chavez" 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/4021-nathan-e-antwi"><img src="/live/image/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/1068,0,3200,2133/23054_Antwi.rev.1536173099.jpg" alt="Headshot of Nathan Antwi" class="lw_image" width="400" height="400" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/1068,0,3200,2133/23054_Antwi.rev.1536173099.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/69/width/400/height/400/crop/1/src_region/1068,0,3200,2133/23054_Antwi.rev.1536173099.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2132" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span></div><div class="widget__content"><h2><a href="/live/profiles/4021-nathan-e-antwi">Nathan E. Antwi</a></h2><h4> Class of 2022 | Irvington,NJ </h4><a href="/live/profiles/4021-nathan-e-antwi" class="link-arrow link-arrow--red"><i class="ico-arrow-red"/> See Full Profile</a></div></div>
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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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