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CEL-2 Requirement

Community Engagement and Learning (CEL-2)

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.


  • Engage in at about 40 hours of CEL-2 activity(s)
  • Activity(s) should address a community-identified need (on- or off-campus)
  • Reflect on the meaning of the experience (upload the reflection)

Getting Started:

  • Have a conversation with your Division II committee about your ideas and interests for a CEL-2 activity (s)
  • There are many ways to get started: visit campus programs (eg: CPSC, CORC, CYL, CLPP) or faculty in your area of interest to learn about project needs and brainstorm opportunities for collaboration, identify potential supervisor(s)/organization(s); take a course with a CEL-2 component
  • To formally begin your project, initiate the online contract process on TheHub

Examples of CEL-2 projects:

  • Internships with organizations in local, national, or international settings
  • Hampshire program-sponsored partnership placements
  • Academic courses with a community-based learning core component
  • Mentoring projects (e.g. teaching assistant, ESL, K-12 school tutoring)
  • Applied leadership work with campus organizations
  • Apprenticeships in fields of academic study

The CEL-2 description above applies to fall 2011 and later entering students only. Students who entered Hampshire College prior to fall 2011 should refer to the previous Community Service Requirement description.

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