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.

Learn about CCEL

News & Events

  • Think Tank Series | Spring

    Think Tanks-Spring Semester

    Thursday, April 6 | 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | LIB 307
    Guest agency: Bean's Cafe
    Topic question: How can we better connect homeless individuals with social services across Anchorage?

    Pizza is provided by Moose's Tooth. Parking note: Free parking for this event is available in the Library Lot.  Please allow extra time to find parking.This Think Tank is co-hosted by the School of Social Work and the Center for Community Engagement & Learning.
    Details on the Facebook event
  • Summer Classes | Civic Engagement Internship

    Summer Class Registration Open

    Registration for summer courses is now open. Take the CEL A395 Civic Engagement Internship this summer to gain experience applying principles of civic engagement and major-disciplinary knowledge with a community organization. For more information including placement ideas, contact Judy Owens-Manley at or 786-4062.

  • Fall CEL Classes | Registration starts week of April 3

    Fall Civic Engagement & Learning Classes

    Priority registration for Fall courses starts the week of April 3. Take a Civic Engagement & Learning (CEL) course to explore your interest in engagement in public life, and put your learning into practice.  
    • CEL A292 Introduction to Civic Engagement is a great first course and it fulfills a GER requirement in the Social Sciences. An eLearning section is available online.
    • CEL A392 Civic Engagement: Learning by Giving 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.

    Go to to view all the class details and start planning your Fall schedule!

    Anyone can take Civic Engagement & Learning classes or find out how you can earn a Certificate in Civic Engagement along with your degree!


Civic Engagement & Learning Courses

The Fall class schedule is now viewable in UAOnline for planning purposes. Registration begins the week of April 3!

Take a Civic Engagement & Learning (CEL) course to put your learning into practice and make an impact with the community.  Our students say it best, so watch this short video to hear what taking a Civic Engagement & Learning class is all about!
Fall Course Offerings:

  • CEL A292 Introduction to Civic Engagement 
  • CEL A392 Civic Engagement: Learning by Giving 
  • CEL A395 Civic Engagement Internship 

Did you know that you can earn a Certificate in Civic Engagement along with your degree program?  Learn more about Civic Engagement & Learning courses and the Civic Engagement Certificate program.

You can also view a list of all UAA courses currently designated as Community Engaged (CE) or Service Learning (SL) for Fall 2017.


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
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