The Bonner Center works with professors to shape and support community engaged learning projects that are integrated into First Year Seminar Program (FSP) classes. Incorporating Community Engaged Learning (CEL) into an FSP course can add to students’ educational experience, provide depth and richness to courses by demonstrating the real world relevance of a course topic, and contribute to a community organization’s development and growth. CEL projects are aligned with the learning objectives of the FSP course as well as with the needs and interest of the nonprofit community partner.
Developing a CEL component for FSP courses follows four general stages:
FSP Course Development and Approval: during the spring semester, FSP instructors are asked they are interested in developing a CEL component in their course for the fall. This information is communicated to the Bonner Center and a CEL Coordinator is assigned to the faculty member and their course(s).
Faculty Outreach: Bonner Center CEL Coordinators invite individual faculty members who have expressed an interest in the CEL program to participate in a CEL project development workshop, which generally takes place in the spring or summer.
CEL Coordinator and Faculty Meeting: CEL Coordinators from the Bonner Center reach out to the faculty member to whom they have been assigned and help shape potential CEL projects that align with the learning objectives of the course.
Project or Experience Development: In collaboration with each FSP instructor, CEL Coordinators develop a relevant and appropriate project with community partners for each FSP course.
If you are interested in developing a CEL component of your FSP, please contact the Bonner Center to arrange a meeting to begin brainstorming ideas and possible projects for your course. For more information about FSPs and CEL activities, contact Paula Figueroa-Vega at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-771-2217.