Community Partners

What is service-learning?

  • Service-learning consists of academic courses that provide students with structured opportunities to learn, develop and reflect through active participation and thoughtfully organized community involvement.
  • Service-learning integrates assessment and student reflection on the interrelationships between course content and community-based learning activities.
  • Conducted in the community, it meets the needs of the students, faculty and community partners and fosters civic competence and engagement. 

How does service-learning benefit community partners?

  • Provides resources beyond funding or staffing capabilities.
  • Creates an opportunity to serve as co-educators.
  • Builds and strengthens relationships with academic institutions.
  • Creates an opportunity for future trained staff members.

If you are interested in becoming an official partner:

  • The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) serves to create, maintain and sustain partnerships with our local, regional and global community. We look forward to partnering with you to enhance the experience of students in their daily lives, classrooms and work environments. To initiate a partnership with the department for service-learning, the site must:
    • Maintain a current nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, be a government agency, be a school district or be a business that is impacting community issues
    • Have a physical location or main office.
    • Provide on-site supervision of students.
    • Have a valid website.
  • Please note that once you meet the criteria, we will conduct a site visit to ensure the safety of our students. Sites should not have students promoting a particular religious doctrine or political candidate or they risk be removed as a partnership site. We also highly encourage that you provide training or orientation to all students who choose your site for their service-learning experience.
  • Community partners are required to have a current service-learning agreement.
  • For questions, please contact Christina Gonzalez-Salgado, service-learning coordinator at (909) 869-4574 or