Community-Engaged Learning

Community Organizations

Community-Engaged Learning aims to serve as a bridge between the SU campus and Georgetown’s organizations. Our goal is to support Southwestern students, staff and faculty in developing meaningful, sustainable partnerships with community organizations that are working to address Georgetown’s pressing issues.

How does the OCEL work with community organizations? 

Apply to be a Southwestern University Community-Engaged Learning Partner

To better match the needs of the community and SU students, Southwestern has instituted a tiered partnership model. The level of partnership would determine the benefits and responsibilities of community learning partners, as shown below:

  exchange-based collaborative engaged

Service opportunities included in OCEL newsletter

Ability to share volunteer requests on civic engagement listserv

Inclusion in searchable community partner database

All benefits of an “Exchange” partnership

Invitation to Community Partner Round Tables

Access to partnering with faculty for Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) classes

All benefits of a “Exchange” and “Collaborative” partnerships

Priority invitation to community-engaged learning requests from faculty


Must be an official 501(c)3 non-profit or government organization

Participate in a yearly survey

Maintain information for our database including the current volunteer contacts

All “Exchange” partnership requirements

Participate in CEL training

Participate in formal site visit if requested

All “Exchange” and “Engaged” partnership requirements

Execution of a CEL Partner Agreement

Willingness to present if asked at a civic engagement workshop

Assume co-educator role in CEL

Provide proof of $1 million of occurrence based general liability insurance. COI should name SU as an additional insured and include sexual abuse coverage. Participate in CEL training