Center for Community Engagement & Learning

The Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL) serves as the intersection of student learning, faculty research and creative activity, and community engagement.

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The Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL) serves as the intersection of student learning, faculty research and creative activity, and community engagement. CCEL connects academic programs with community needs to use scholarship and action for the mutual benefit of the University and the State, its communities, and its diverse peoples.

The Center is committed to fostering resilient communities through social, economic, and environmental justice in community-campus partnerships. Our work focuses on six core themes: Health & Well-Being; Positive Child & Youth Development;  Arts, Language & Culture; Food System;  Our Alaskan Environment;  and Access to Justice.

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  • Special Initiatives

    CCEL collaborates with several special initiatives and partnerships across campus.

    Alaskero Partnership is a workgroup of Filipino American UAA faculty and community members seeking to increase visibility, vitality, and sense of community among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (API), especially youth

    Campus Vote Project UAA strives to increase voter registration, education and turnout, with a special focus on college students.  The project began during the spring 2016 semester and has continued each semester since.

    Civic Eats Initiative is focused on developing, promoting, and recognizing Community-University partnerships in creating strong, sustainable, and equitable community food systems.

    Dialogues for Public Life program was created to facilitate and develop the capacity of the campus and local communities to discuss challenging social issues in a productive and meaningful way.

    Urban in Alaska is an exploration of Anchorage  as an urban area with urban issues in what is more typically considered a rural state. Urban issues in Anchorage are similar to other cities: poverty, homelessness, access to affordable housing, mental illness, substance abuse, sustainability.

    Resilient Communities Initiative Community resilience offers a useful lens for assessing and working with the needs of communities such as Anchorage. Viewing communities as complex and dynamic living systems allows for creative solutions to emerge, new solutions that may lie in understanding systemic relationships among community issues found in our city.  The Resilient Communities initiative proposes to invest $30,000 in 2018-19 to bring faculty, students, and community partners together to foster community resilience through partnerships in several thematic areas. 

  • ENGAGE Social Issues

    Food Security, Youth & Education, Affordable Housing & Neighborhood Development, Health & Mental Health, Environment & Sustainability - Find out what's happening on campus and in the community around these social issues.

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  • Civic Engagement Certificate

    UAA students can earn a Civic Engagement Certificate along with his or her major. This 30 credit Certificate prepares students to become active, effective, ethical citizens in their professional and personal lives.

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Student Opportunities

  • CCEL Public Service Scholars

     The CCEL Public Service Scholars program is funded by partial scholarships from the University of Alaska system. This application certifies that you are prepared to devote 5-10 hours per week to supporting community engagement as a liaison between the UAA campus and community networks and coalitions in particular thematic areas (e.g. Food Systems, Our Alaskan Environment, Health & Well-Being, Positive Child & Youth Development, Arts, Language & Culture; Access to Justice).

    Activities that you may be involved with can include but not be limited to:

    • Community-based research through academic courses; supporting faculty-community engaged projects or research.  
    • Policy analysis or issue briefs on assigned issues.
    • Participation in Think Tanks and Urban in Alaska Conference during academic year.
    • Construction and maintenance of Social Media/Community Information Hubs for issue areas above.   


Faculty Opportunities

  • Resilient Communities Initiative  - 2 RFPs
    1. Resilient Communities  | Applications Due March 19 at 5:00 pm | APPLY!

    The Center for Community Engagement & Learning is soliciting proposals for a Resilient Communities initiative with a due date of Monday, March 19, 5:00 pm. We are making a $30,000 investment in 2018-19 with the intention to forward work that UAA faculty and community partners have been doing together in the following thematic areas:

    ● Health & Well-Being
    ● Access to Justice
    ● Our Alaskan Environment
    ● Arts, Language & Culture
    ● Food Systems
    ● Positive Child & Youth Development

    2. Evaluation of Resilient Communities | Applications Due April 20th at 5:00 pm | APPLY!

    The Center for Community Engagement & Learning is soliciting a proposal for a formative evaluation of our Resilient Communities initiative with $4,000 allocated for the evaluation. The Resilient Community grants (4 available at $4,000 each) are out for proposal with a due date of Monday, March 19, 5:00 pm. The winning proposals for the community-based projects will be selected by March 26. Summaries of the winning proposals will be posted on the CCEL website by March 30. The summaries should be viewed and used to inform faculty wishing to submit a proposal for this evaluation.


Contact Us

Phone: (907) 786-4062

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Center for Community Engagement & Learning
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

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