The OCEL works with students and student organizations to assist them in developing connections and partnerships with Georgetown’s non-profit organizations. The goal of our office is to encourage students to move beyond Southwestern’s campus and be active citizens within the community through volunteering, direct action, sustained projects, advocacy, and activism.

Co-Curricular Involvement Through Student Organizations or Individual Volunteering

Southwestern boasts over 100 student organizations, many of which offer community engagement opportunities. We invite students who are interested in discussing opportunities for connecting their passions and education with local organizations that are working to address those same issues to schedule a meeting with the Office of Community-Engaged Learning.  

Community-Engaged Learning 

Community-Engaged Learning is a type of teaching and learning whereby students apply academic skills and knowledge to address a community need, issue, or problem and to enhance student learning. Consider registering for a CEL course to learn more about civic engagement and actively participate within the Georgetown community. In addition, the OCEL employs student assistants as Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) Associates. These students support community-engaged learning, both on and off campus while participating in ongoing training and reflection sessions with the OCEL and develop skills in project management, communication, facilitation, and community-building.

Community-Engaged Research

Community-Engaged research s a collaborative process between the student researcher and community partner that creates and disseminates knowledge and creative expression with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community.

Internships With NonProfits

The OCEL works collaboratively with Career Services to help interested students identify internships with additional local nonprofits. Opportunities include youth initiatives, social services, marketing, communication, research, development, etc. Academic credit is also often available.