What is community-engaged learning?

Community-engaged learning is just what it sounds like: learning that engages the community. In practice this means that in addition to coursework – or completely outside of the classroom – students spend some time getting involved with a local community organization and contributing to their efforts. Typically there is also training and reflection so that students get the most out of the experience.  There are two basic types of community-engaged learning (aka CEL): academic and co-curricular.

Academic community-engaged learning is course-based and can earn you credit in your academic program, while co-curricular community-engaged learning happens outside of the classroom and is open to students of any academic background.


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Community Action Projects

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Alternative Reading Week

Alternative Reading Week (ARW) is a community engagement opportunity that gives you a chance to learn more about, and to understand the local issues within Toronto. ARW is designed to enhance your experiences with community engagement, leadership, social change and community development. Join hundreds of U of T students as you spend three days participating in community-based projects.

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Support for campus clubs and organizations

Does your campus club or organization engage with the community, social justice, or equity issues? Does your work support communities through volunteer opportunities, community-engaged learning or other direct engagement? Join the CCP’s Community Outreach and Engagement Network (COEN) to take advantage of the support we offer! You'll have a chance to network with other engaged groups, share your information with others, and participate in facilitated discussions and sessions on topics of value to your group.

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Community Day events & discussions

Live leadership through active learning about yourself and Toronto’s communities while you connect with fellow students and community members/leaders.  

Do you have an idea for a community-based one day event or discussion? Let us know! Interested in long-term opportunities? Check out our Community Action Projects (formerly Serve & Learn Program

Community-Engaged Learning Workshop Series

This series is a collection of workshops available to all students participating in Community-Engaged Learning Opportunities at UofT. They are intended to support you in your preparation for your community-engaged learning experience and to add to your personal and professional development. Workshops will be held throughout the year.


Community-Engaged Initiative Grant

The Centre for Community Partnerships is excited to announce a new grant program opportunity for students at the University of Toronto. The CCP Community-Engaged Initiative Grants are financial awards ranging up to $1000, the total pool is $15,000. They are designed to ignite and strengthen student and community partnerships in the Greater Toronto Area and the Peel Region. The Grants encourage the development of innovative community service, community-engaged learning and/or civic engagement projects in partnership with community organizations.