Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Community Engaged Learning?

Community Engaged Learning describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity (Carnegie Foundation, 2016).

What is the Office of Community Engaged Learning?

The Office of Community Engaged Learning is your one-stop shop for resources related to connecting your students, courses and scholarship to the community. Community Engaged Learning describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity (Carnegie Foundation, 2016).

What resources can the Office of Community Engaged Learning provide?

  • Reflection ideas or help facilitating reflection activities

  • Contacts for community partners

  • Help securing transportation for service-learning projects in the community within certain timeframes

  • Brainstorming service-learning ideas

What opportunities are available for funding?

Several opportunities are available. Mini-grants are available to support curricular service-learning opportunities, either with a global service-learning component or not; co-curricular opportunities to include student organizations; and Olson Service-Learning Match Grants. 

Who determines if I receive funding?

A sub-committee of the Community Engaged Learning Council will review applications and make determinations of funding. The Community Engaged Learning Council is made up of faculty, staff, and students who are knowledgeable in and practicing Community Engaged Learning.

How is it determined who receives funding?

Criteria include:

  • The project/experience falls under the definition of Community Engagement/Service-Learning: www.drake.edu/servicelearning/aboutus/definitions

    • The project achieves student learning

    • The project meets a community-identified need

  • A community partner has been identified and has agreed to be a part of the process

  • Critical reflection is a component of the experience

  • The project/experience is taking place in this fiscal year

How early should I get my request in?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Community Engaged Learning Council. It is highly encouraged you submit your application 30 days or more in advance to ensure the committee has time to review and ask questions of applicants if necessary before the activity takes place.  No funding will be granted after an activity has occurred. The funding will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funding has been exhausted for the year

What is Global Service Learning (GSL)?

Drake defines GSL as the intersection of service-learning, immersion in global contexts, and intercultural education. GSL is a form of experiential education that combines academic learning and meeting a relevant community-defined need. Quality service-learning is undertaken intentionally and integrates effective cross-cultural interaction, ongoing reflection, and assessment.

Why is reflection so important in the service-learning process?

Critical reflection is important to the service-learning process for many reasons. It allows participants to examine the root causes of social issues and strategies being used to address them, reflect on whether community voice is included in the process, make connections to the classroom and future careers, and so much more.

What types of projects have been funded in the past?

Examples of projects that have been funded in the past include:

  • Printing costs for a HSCI senior experience student to create calendars with educational information and resources for clients at a community partner

  • Supplies for a class to set up a career-focused workshop for women at Dress for Success

  • Funding for students to research and put together business or PR plans for various community partners

 

Have another question? Email amanda.martin@drake.edu

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