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

  • Summer 2018 Scholarships: $2000 Each

    Resilient Communities Project

    Summer 2018 Scholarhips: $2000 Each

    Community-Engaged Student Assistant Opportunities

    Resume & Coverletter DUE APRIL 27 by 5:00 pm

  • Summer 2018 CEL Courses

    CEL A390-501: Civic Eats: Engaging the Food System
    CRN: 51914 | Distance Delivered
    CEL A395-301: Civic Engaged Internship
    CRN: 50230 | Distance Delivered

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  • Fall 2018 CEL Courses
    Impact Your Campus & Your Community!
    CEL A292 - 602: Introduction to Civic Engagement
    CRN: 70679 I T I 5:30pm - 8:15pm I SSB 223
    CEL A292 - 603: Introduction to Civic Engagement
    CRN: 70680 I MW I 1:00 - 2:15 pm I ADMIN 143A
    CEL A292 - 801: Introduction to Civic Engagement
    CRN: 70681 I TR I 4:00pm - 5:15pm I Online
    CEL A390 - 301: Issues, Approaches & Ideologies in Community-Based ESL Tutoring
    CRN: 77430 | TR 10:00 - 11:15 am | Location TBA
    CEL A392 - 601: Learning by Giving
    CRN: 70682 I W I 4:00pm - 6:45pm I PSB 223
    CEL A395 - 801: Civic Engagement Internship
    CRN: 70683 I Contact Judith Owens-Manley at
  • 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

  • RFP: Early Bird: Fall 2018 Minigrants



    The Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL) announces a request for proposals for Fall 2018 Faculty Minigrants. Awards are open to full-time faculty in all UAA schools and colleges and at all campuses. Funded proposals will conduct community engaged research or plan and carry out community projects and involve UAA students whenever possible. These projects include engaged scholarship and professional partnerships with community organizations that incorporate the principles of reciprocity and respect for community knowledge with research or creative activity.

    Applications DUE APRIL 30th by 5:00 pm

    This year in particular we encourage applications from faculty who may be interested in using the Resilient Communities Workshop to further their projects. The workshop is designed for faculty and community partners working on community issues together to further their projects. It is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and will be part of the CCEL Faculty Intensive. Registration information will be available on the CCEL website soon!  

  • RFP: Community-Based Participatory Research Evaluation Project

    2018 Request for Letter of Interest

    Community-Based Participatory Research Evaluation Project
    The Center for Community Engagement & Learning is soliciting letters of interest for a formative evaluation of our Resilient Communities initiative with $4,000 allocated for the evaluation. The evaluation is intended to be a Community-Based Participatory Evaluation, and your letter of interest should include a broad-based brush stroke of how you think that can be best accomplished with the summaries of the projects at the end of this document. The Letters of Interest will be reviewed and one faculty member selected to work with faculty-student-community partner teams to complete an evaluation of the project.
    Letters of Inerest DUE APRIL 20th by 5:00 pm

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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