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CEL-2 Requirement

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.

As a student, you will:

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

How to get 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

How to Document Your CEL-2 on TheHub

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