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president and award winners

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Community-Engaged Learning


Carnegie Classification

SRU earns 2020 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement

In pursuit of Slippery Rock University's educational mission, the Office for Community-Engaged Learning (OCEL) leverages community engagement as powerful pedagogies to transform the intellectual, social, and civic capacities of students to serve the common good and work toward the improvement of self and society. To that end, the OCEL cultivates civic identity and promotes the formation of critically self-aware and socially-responsible citizens and civic-minded professionals. The OCEL aspires to create a community of premier thought leaders dedicated to catalyzing personal and social transformation that promotes realization of thriving communities within a more inclusive and just democratic society.
The OCEL embraces an expansive view and understanding of engagement along a continuum of broad community-based activities. These range from sporadic charitable acts of volunteerism, to service-learning endeavors, to deep social change and advocacy work.
The OCEL supports transformational experiences in both curricular and co-curricular community engagement opportunities for diverse campus constituents in partnership with local community organizations. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners come together through the OCEL to create connections and opportunities to grow through learning and experience and to build thriving communities.

Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles

Vision: The Office for Community-Engaged Learning mobilizes community and campus assets for transformative learning, adaptive leadership, and social change.

Mission: The Office for Community-Engaged Learning cultivates civic identity to enhance work, life, and citizenship.

Guiding Principles: The Office for Community-Engaged Learning CONNECTS people and issues, TRANSFORM knowledge and awareness, and INSPIRE civic action. 


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