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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Center for Community Engagement & Learning

News & Events

  • Fall Civic Engagement & Learning courses

    Take a Civic Engagement & Learning class this FALL!

    Take a Civic Engagement & Learning (CEL) course to explore your interest in engagement in public life, and put your learning into practice.

    • CEL 292 Introduction to Civic Engagement (fulfills a Social Sciences GER)   Online section now available!
    • CEL A392 Civic Engagement: Learning by Giving now incorporates a project in which you review real grant proposals and award funds to local non-profits.
    • CEL A395 Civic Engagement Internship engages you in a community internship with a non-profit or government agency.
  • Urban in Alaska Conference | Oct 21

    Save the Date for the Fall conference

    The annual Urban in Alaska: Community Engagement at UAA conference is scheduled for Friday, October 21st on the UAA campus. The conference features a keynote address, break-out sessions with faculty, community partners and students presenting together on a variety of community-engaged projects, and the popular "rapid fire" faculty presentations. 
    Check back for for details and registration in the Fall!

  • Think Tank Series | Fall

    Think Tank Series returns for Fall

    Save the dates for the Fall Think Tanks:

    • Thurs. Sept. 15 • 11:30-12:45 • LIB 307
    • Thurs. Oct. 6 • 1:00-2:15 • LIB 307
    • Thurs. Nov. 3 • 11:30-12:45 • LIB 307

    Think Tanks are a monthly community engagement experience in which a nonprofit agency presents a challenge or issue and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.

  • Faculty CESA RFP | Deadline 8/26

    RFP for Faculty CESA Applications

    Now accepting faculty applications for the Community Engaged Student Assistant (CESA) program for Fall semester. Apply to receive tuition awards for your CESA to support your community-engaged teaching, research, or creative activity.
    More details and CESA application guidelines.
    Deadline: Friday, August 26 by 5:00 p.m.

  • Faculty Minigrant RFP | Deadline 11/4

    RFP for Faculty Minigrant Applications

    RFP now open for faculty minigrant funding to conduct community engaged research or to plan and carry out community projects. 
    Details and Minigrant Application Packet
    Deadline: Friday, November 4 by 5:00 p.m.


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Spotlight on Engaged Faculty

Kathryn Ohle, an Early Childhood Education professor, won the Selkregg Community Engagement & Service Learning Award in 2015 for her project working to develop early literacy and preserve the Cup'ik language in Chevak, Alaska. 

With the assistance of UAA students, Prof. Ohle partnered with Unite for Literacy to translate children's books into Cup'ik language in both online and hard-copy formats.

Read more about Prof. Ohle's work in the Green & Gold news and watch this 5 minute video highlighting the innovative and growing project.

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.

Learn about the Certificate

Special Initiatives

CCEL collaborates with several special initiatives and partnerships across campus:

Urban in Alaska
Dialogues for Public Life Alaskero Partnership

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.

ENGAGE Social Issues