Community-based learning is a way for students to actively connect their academic work with direct experience in the community. By combining hands-on work in the community with the academic framework provided by courses across the curriculum, students gain a rich experience of social issues. Students learn about the inner workings of community, encounter differences related to race, class and privilege, gain a deeper understanding about social justice, and are able to do work that is beneficial to others. They also gain a greater understanding of themselves.

Community-based learning emphasizes academic rigor, reflection, and developing ongoing community partnerships. Community-based learning can be part of any discipline and any academic division.

At Goucher, community-based learning is part of a growing number of academic courses. Many of our programs are connected to central Baltimore, the historic home of Goucher College, and partnerships are being created locally.

For more information contact us or email the current moderator, Santa Wallace, at sawallac@goucher.edu.

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