Community Engaged Learning staff will be available to meet with students either in-person or virtually. Click on a staff member's name to get their email address.
Renee Sedlacek Lee, ABD, Director
Renee has spent her career supporting the development of service-learning and co-curricular service programs at small private liberal arts institutions. Prior to joining the Drake staff in 2013, Renee served seven years as the Service-Learning Coordinator at Wartburg College and one year as an Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA at Central College. Renee received her B.A. from Central College in Sociology and Psychology and her M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa in Post Secondary Education: Student Affairs, and is currently a Ph.D. student in Education at Drake University.
As director Renee provides strategic oversight of external and internal relationships that affect community-based service and learning, i.e. service-learning, engaged scholarship, and community-based research.
Amanda Martin, M.Ed., Assistant Director
Amanda coordinates co-curricular service at Drake, connecting students and student organizations to the local community and volunteer opportunities; directs the Changemaker Scholars Program; supervises the Community Engagement Peers, and facilitates the Pathways for Civic Action & Social Change.
Community Engagement Peers are student staff in the Office of Community Engaged Learning who are committed to working with service-learning and community engagement. Community Engagement Peers each have their own project they oversee, along with providing 1-1 consultations to students on ways to get involved in the community.
The role of a Community Engagement Peer is to:
2022-2023 Community Engagement Peers
|Stephanie Kiel||Community Engagement Peer for Civic Engagement|
|Sydney Skemp||Social Media and Marketing Intern|
|Nachy Gardiner||Community Engagement Peer for Food Security|
|Kirby Nelson||Community Engaged Learning Events & Training Coordinator|
|Mel Sadecki||IRIS Coordinator|
|Community Engagement Peer for Equity & Inclusion|