For UW Faculty & Staff

The Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center supports faculty and graduate student instructors in developing community-engaged learning courses. We also connect faculty and staff to various ways to support student leadership development.

Ways to get involved

Each quarter, faculty and instructors from numerous disciplines across campus elect to integrate community-engaged learning into their courses. The success of community-engaged learning relies on the fit between courses’ academic goals and community-based learning opportunities, and on faculty and instructors integrating community-engaged learning into their course as a central organizing element.

Community-engaged courses

Faculty can teach a seminar on a topic of their choice and are encouraged to select themes that are personally interesting to them. Because the classes are small, faculty and students can engage in dialogue and build connections around shared interests and ideas. And because they only meet an hour or so a week and typically do not have exams or require the preparation of lectures, the seminars have a limited impact on busy faculty schedules and other departmental duties. They are also a wonderful way to attract new students to your discipline or department.

Collegium seminars

The goals of the Husky Leadership Certificate (HLC) are to recognize student leadership and engage students in a process of critical reflection on their leadership development and accomplishments. Students are matched with a Husky Leadership Certificate mentor and create an e-portfolio where they reflect upon, articulate, and demonstrate their leadership skills and abilities in relation to the Student Leadership Competencies. In their feedback, participating students have recognized the positive impact of their mentors and placed a high value on these relationships.

HLC Mentor

Curriculum resources

Included in this guide is a set of core leadership competencies that are vital for students to strengthen in order to be effective leaders as they engage with diverse communities. Descriptions of each competency are included as well as resources (readings, activities, and theories) to help reinforce each element.

Created in partnership with the Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center.

As I currently teach my seminar, I find myself enthusiastic about impacting young undergraduate students. Through exposure to a number of different topics during the freshman seminar, students are able to explore different facets of the world we live in, their level of interest in these topics, and most importantly, how they can get themselves involved on an individual level. Students are eager to learn, and with the variety of topics, the freshman seminar is guaranteed to help students recognize the diversity of options available to them as they move forward in their college training, as well as the value of taking advantage of the opportunities available to them during their college training.

— Faculty, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences