Community-Engaged Learning

At Manhattan College, we understand community-engaged learning (also known as service-learning) as a pedagogy integrating meaningful community engagement experiences within an academic course. Faculty, students and community partners join in a mutually-beneficial relationship that responds to expressed needs of the local community and provides an intellectually engaging experience for students.

Community-Engaged Learning is a concrete expression of the Lasallian values central to Manhattan College's mission, to "provide a contemporary, person-centered educational experience that prepares graduates for lives of personal development, professional success, civic engagement, and service to their fellow human beings”.

The community service or community-based research experience enriches the academic curriculum by providing an additional context to be examined by students. 

Community-Engaged Learning is a process which involves:

  • Developing Community Partnerships between Manhattan College and a community-based organizations, schools or agencies, that are sustainable, reciprocal, and mutually-beneficial.
  • Connecting course learning objectives with opportunities to meet the community-defined needs of people in underserved communities or work with agencies which advocate for the poor and/or care for the environment.
  • Integrating theoretical knowledge and experiential learning in the community in the syllabus through community engagement which provides a context for critical thinking and action that promotes the common good.
  • Orienting students to their service site placement, and educating students about the surrounding community and ethical community engagement practices.
  • Community engagement (either direct/indirect) during which students volunteer at community partner organizations that address issues including: access to education, immigration, the environment, affordable housing, access to healthcare and eldercare, poverty, and homelessness.
  • Meeting actual community-defined needs, and providing structured time for students to critically think, talk, and write about what they are doing in their community service and/or research experiences.
  • Reflection in a deep and meaningful way which aims to increase students understanding of their role in the community and in society at large, and the promotion of positive, sustainable social and economic change through community building.
  • Fostering civic responsibility, critical thinking and ethical awareness in students.
  • Learning with our community partners about the root causes of the issues being experienced in the community and which affects the constituency of that partner.

The CEL program embraces an ethics of social change leadership, as well a commitment to values inherent in Catholic Social Teaching, and continues to build partnerships with community-based organizations, agencies, schools, and social change organizations, who serve the poor, marginalized, and underserved in our community, care for the environment, and advocate for social change.

  • Spring 2019 Community-Engaged Learning Courses
    Community-Engaged Learning Courses Spring 2019
     

    Criminal Justice Ethics (RELS 399-01 and URBN 301-03)

    Taught by Andrew Skotnicki

    Course is taught to both Manhattan College students and students at Rikers Correctional Facility.

    2:00-6:20pm T

    Community-Engaged Learning and Urban Studies Program

    History Seminar: Slavery in the Bronx (HIST-100-1)

    Taught by Adam Issac Arenson

    Partnering with Hunts Point Slave Burial Ground Project

    MR 01:30 pm-02:45 pm

    Community-Engaged Learning and Digital Arts & Humanities Prgm and Urban Studies Program


    Kinesiology and Public Health (KIN304-01)

    Taught by Jeffrey Cherubini

    Partering with various community-based organizations and nonprofits.

    9:30 - 10:45 MR

    Community-Engaged Learning


    Personal Wellness (KIN-110-01)

    Taught by Shawn Ladda

    Partering with various community-based organizations and nonprofits.

    TWF 09:00 am-09:50 am

    Community-Engaged Learning

    Studies in Victorian Literature (ENGL-335-1)

    Taught by Maeve Adams

    MR 03:00 pm-04:15 pm

    Community-Engaged Learning and Digital Arts & Humanities


    Spl Tpc: Shakespeare, Prison, and God (RELS-300-1)

    Taught by Andrew Skotnicki

    Partering with Westchester County Jail.

    F 08:00 am-10:45 am

    Community-Engaged Learning and Urban Studies Program

    Topics in the Study of Lit: Shakespeare, Prison, and God (ENGL-292-1)

    Taught by Brain Chalk

    Partnering with Westchester County Jail

    F 08:00 am-10:45 am

    Community-Engaged Learning


    Topics in Math (MATH-492-1)

    Taught by Ira Gerhardt

    MWR 11:00 am-11:50 am

    Community-Engaged Learning


    Urban America and Catholic Social Teaching (RELS 205-01 & URBN 301-04)

    Taught by Lois Harr

    Partnering with various community partners in the Bronx

    W 2:00-4:00pm

    Community-Engaged Learning and Urban Studies Program


    Arches Community-Engaged Learning Courses:

    First Year Composition (ENGL110-3-LL)

    Taught by Emmett Ryan

    Partnering with Riverdale Neighborhood House

    MR 08:00 am-09:15 am

    Arches:Living & Learning Prgm & Community-Engaged Learning


    First Year Composition (ENGL-110-11 LL)

    Taught by Melinda Wilson

    TF 11:00 am-12:15 pm

    Arches:Living & Learning Prgm & Community-Engaged Learning


    Intro to Psych (PSYC-203-04 LL)

    Taught by Melinda Wilson

    Partnering with Riverdale Neighborhood House

    TF 11:00 am-12:15 pm

    Arches:Living & Learning Prgm & Community-Engaged Learning


    Nature & Experience of Religion (RELS110-06-LL)

    Taught by David Shefferman

    TWF 09:00 am-09:50 am

    Arches:Living & Learning Prgm & Community-Engaged Learning


    Nature & Experience of Religion (RELS110-17-LL)

    Taught by Mehnaz M Afridi

    MR 03:00 pm-04:15 pm

    Arches:Living & Learning Prgm & Community-Engaged Learning

    Intro to Sociology (SOC201-04-LL)

    Taught by Ellen Flood

    Partnering with Methodist Home for Nursing & Rehabilitation

    MR 03:00 pm-04:15 pm

    Arches:Living & Learning Prgm & Community-Engaged Learning