- Campus Life
- Admissions + Aid
- Athletics + Arts
- Alumni + Partners
- About Us
UW-PARKSIDE 2017-19 CATALOG
Tallent Hall • 262-595-3340
UW-Parkside’s certificate in community engagement (formerly called community-based learning) integrates the needs and resources of our communities into the classroom to fulfill clearly articulated learning objectives. The certificate complements all majors and prepares students to be effective leaders and citizens in their communities. Students work with community partner organizations to help address environmental, social, health, economic, and cultural issues through community engagement projects and placements. Approaches to addressing societal changes include capacity building of existing community organizations, developing strategies to effect political policy changes, and the implementation of communication campaigns. Central to all community engagement courses is the transformative act of reflection.
Community engagement classes are formatted to focus on projects, presentations, and/or placement of students, to fulfill the needs of organizations in Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, and Northern Illinois. In the past, students have helped to create phone apps for public buses, community gardens to provide fresh produce to local food banks, worked with organizations to build homes, tutor school children, and maintain public waterways and eco-systems, and conceptualized and implemented multi-faceted communication campaigns. Some community engagement classes provide support in research (surveys, focus groups), marketing and public relations, and the design of databases, computer apps, and digital artifacts.
Community-engaged learning experiences strengthen students’ ability to contribute meaningfully to their communities, enhance their professional preparation, and provide relevance to course work. Community-engaged classes are designed to help students:
Requirements for Admission to the Community Engagement Certificate
Complete a plan declaration form available online or in the Academic Advising Center. Declarations will be reviewed and approved by the faculty director or the community engagement coordinator.
The certificate requirements include two required courses and three elective courses (at least one three-credit elective at the 300-400 level) that offer community engagement credit.
Courses in Community Engagement (CBL)