Community-Based Learning Resources

Community-based learning (CBL) is an intentional strategy that connects what students are learning in academic courses with community and civic engagement initiatives. CBL is:

  • Based on reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships between instructors, students, and community
  • Rooted on the belief that community members have intrinsic educational assets and resources to share
  • Critical reflection

The goal of CBL is to address community-identified needs and together create positive social change. To help build a community-based learning campus, OCE offers the following:

Erlinger Community Engagement Faculty Workshop Series

The purpose of the Erlinger Faculty Workshop series is to discuss the community engagement components that should be implemented into an existing or new course/program; as well as CE best practices and models.

This workshop series is meant for everyone, from those who are already experienced in community engagement to those who are just curious in learning more about this high-impact educational practice. Faculty participants will discuss readings, meet with outside speakers, share ideas, and think collaboratively about implementing community engagement into the students’ experience at Harvey Mudd.  Topics will be chosen by the participants to address their needs and concerns. Light refreshments or a full meal are provided at each meeting (depending on set meeting time).

This is an academic yearlong series that starts in October and ends in April. Meetings are usually every 2–3 weeks. If interested, please complete the Erlinger Community Engagement Faculty Workshop Interest Form.

Community Engagement Faculty Fellowship Fund

The Community Engagement Faculty Fellowship Fund is possible thanks to a generous donation to Harvey Mudd College to support faculty in the development of community engagement courses, projects, or co-curricular experiences. Each summer, up to two faculty members will be supported with a stipend for curriculum or program development related to community engagement.  The selected faculty fellows will be expected to deliver the first offering of their proposed CE course or program within 2 academic years.

For those interested in applying or interested in learning more, please complete the Community Engagement Faculty Fellowship Fund interest form.

Napier Initiative (intergenerational partnership with Pilgrim Place)

The Napier Initiative courses are a result of a unique partnership between the Claremont Colleges and Pilgrim Place. Napier courses are intergenerational courses, where students from the Claremont Colleges take a course with elders who share a similar passion for social justice. To learn more about Napier Courses, please read “What Constitutes A Napier Course?” If you are interested in “Napierizing” an existing course and or learning more about Napier course development, please contact Gabriela Gamiz ggamiz@hmc.edu or Talithia Williams twilliams@hmc.edu.