Community Engaged Learning


"Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember,
Involve me and I learn."

-Benjamin Franklin

Gonzaga Vision Statement: Deeply rooted in the centuries' old tradition of Jesuit education, Gonzaga University aspires to develop the whole person through contemplation, intellectual dialogue, and engagement within a vibrant Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic learning community. We exist to develop generations of leaders whose actions reflect a faith that promotes justice, the pursuit of truth, a dedication to service, and a commitment to ethics and the common good.

Definition of Community Engaged Learning: At Gonzaga University, Community Engaged Learning (CEL) is a method of teaching that engages students in organized community-based work and guided reflection: this experience benefits both students and the community in which they serve and, in combination with guided reflection, enhances the academic curriculum for students and faculty.

In addition to rigorous academic content, all Community Engaged Learning courses will contain the following components:

  1. Meaningful service related to course objectives address a community-identified need.
  2. Critical reflection integrating the students' lived experience, academic content, and service.
  3. Learning outcomes associated with the community engagement requirement. 
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Center for Community Action and Service Learning
Mailing Address
Box #2472
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258-2472
Location: Hemmingson Center, 206 & 010
Office hours: 8:30 am - 5 pm, M-F
Phone: 509.313.6824
Fax: 509.313.6868