The Community Engagement and Learning requirement (CEL-2) encourages students to design opportunities to build community and seek innovative ways to address critical needs as defined by communities and organizations in and outside the College.
In keeping with our educational mission, Hampshire expects all students to contribute something of value to the larger College community and encourages them to “advance the cause of social justice and the well-being of others.”
A commitment to engaged scholarship also emerges from Hampshire’s distinctive pedagogy, which stresses the importance of critical inquiry and the development of knowledge that enables students to participate responsibly in a complex world.
CEL-2 expects students to:
Begin a conversation with your Division II committee about your ideas and interests for CEL
Identify potential sponsors/organizations to learn of their project needs
Negotiate with a sponsor to help address that community-defined need (on- or off-campus)
Collaborate with a project supervisor who will verify the work
Engage in at least 40 hours of CEL-2 projects (equivalent to a course)