CEL Designation Courses
Leadership and Community Engagement Course Definition:
Courses with integrated, structured community-based projects and activities connected to course learning objectives where engagement with community partners is equally beneficial to the student and community partners. Participation involves reciprocal teaching-learning experience over the course of the academic semester and students gain additional skills while applying their knowledge in the community-setting.
Purpose of courses:
To strengthen students’ understanding of their role in society as citizens and leaders and to build the knowledge and competencies that will enable them to be socially responsible and participating individuals.
Examples of this type of engagement include:
- Community-based internships, clinical, fieldwork, and student teaching
- Service-learning placements in the community where “direct service hours” are performed
- Planning and implementation of service learning activity or project
- Design, consultation, or creation of a community product or tool
- Pro bono specialized services performed by faculty and students (e.g. consulting) in connection with course or academic objectives
- Student community-based research to include surveying, observations, and field notes
The MLS Program has two CEL designation courses. https://www.utep.edu/liberalarts/resources/faculty-staff-resources/cel/index.htm