Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Community-Engaged Learning

About Us

55% of Southwestern’s student population participates in some form of civic engagement. During the 2015-2016 academic year, 826 students spent nearly 14,000 hours Engaging with the local community. The OCEL helps facilitate these opportunities so that they are mutually beneficial to the community and SU Student Learning.


Dr. Brackmann
Sarah Brackmann directs the Office of Community-Engaged Learning at Southwestern University. Dr. Brackmann completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, where her research focused on the impact of decreased public funding on community engagement programs. She earned a Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs with a concentration in service-learning from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Xavier University (OH).





 Aimee Slagle is the Coordinator of Community-Engaged Learning.  Aimee brings energy, experience, and enthusiasm to her position. She advises the BIG Event, Spring Breakaway, and co-advises the Global Engagement Hall. While studying psychology at Southwestern, Aimee participated in numerous community-engaged learning programs, ran cross-country, served on the Student Health Advisory Council, engaged in the Global Health Paideia cluster, and worked as an RA.  While studying at SU Aimee studied abroad in Costa Rica and Nicaragua and has recently completed a work abroad program and backpacking trip in Peru and Bolivia.  




Jordan Herbert is a sophomore at Southwestern University. She is a vocalist majoring in music education, and this will be her second year as a student worker for the Office of Community-Engaged Learning. Jordan is involved in Southwestern Sustain, is in the Investigating Identity Paideia cluster, and is a member of Delta Omicron. She is also a new member of the Catalyst, helps lead Tuesday Night Worship, and is a College YoungLife Leader. She’s locally from Austin, TX, and loves laughing and sweet tea.