Office of Community-Based Learning

The Office of Community-Based Learning coordinates all Washington and Lee community engagement activities institution-wide. Resources are available for students, faculty, staff and community partners.  

Community-Based Learning inspires action by integrating academic study with civic engagement. By learning in, with and about communities, students develop critical intellectual and civic virtues consistent with the Washington and Lee University mission. Faculty, staff, students and community participants collaborate to create reciprocal, mutually beneficial partnerships. Students engage in coursework, research, internships or co-curricular activities with community participants. CBL opportunities are possible in all academic disciplines. 

Service Learning

Students relate service experience with community partners to learning objectives using structured reflection and learning activities, typically within a credit-bearing academic course. Students are placed in selected service sites where they serve the mission of the organization while applying and extending their knowledge and skills. Examples of service learning include internships, practica and field experiences.

Community-Based Research

CBR is a partnership of students, faculty and community members who collaboratively engage in research with the purpose of solving a pressing community problem or effecting social change. Students can do CBR as part of a course assignment, a capstone, an independent study project or a thesis. Community partners and faculty are involved in all stages of the research project, including defining the research question, participating in the design and implementation of the project, and shaping the final deliverable product. CBR projects are supported by the Community-Academic Research Alliance (CARA).

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The mission of the Office of Community-Based Learning is to support, enhance and develop mutually-beneficial university-community partnerships that facilitate student learning and promote civic engagement.