Community-Based Learning Program

The University of Iowa Community-Based Learning Program (CBLP) strengthens students' learning opportunities by linking the University's teaching, research and service mission to community needs and strengths. The CBLP helps students develop as civic-minded community members, further preparing them to be successful in their careers and active citizens of the future.

Students who are mainly interested in exploring majors and careers and building their resumes with experience gained through volunteering, academic service-learning and participation in internships with nonprofit agencies can also benefit from CBLP services.

The CBLP is a resource for faculty seeking community partnerships for service learning, community-based research, and public scholarship. The program also functions as a point of contact for community-based organizations seeking student involvement and/or faculty partnerships.

The UI Community-Based Learning Program connects campus and community for the common good.


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Mission, Vision, and Core Values
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UI Community-Based Learning Program
Pomerantz Career Center
100 Pomerantz Center, Suite C310
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
civic-engagement@uiowa.edu

Mary Mathew Wilson, M.A., Director
319-335-7589
mary-mathew-wilson@uiowa.edu

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Information for Students

The Community-Based Learning Program (CBLP) helps students achieve the "Serve" and "Engage" components of The IOWA Challenge through meaningful connections within the local community and beyond. Whether you choose to get involved through volunteering, academic service learning or nonprofit internships, the CBLP will help you locate opportunities to:

  • connect what you learn in the classroom to real world issues and local needs;
  • explore careers and majors;
  • add career-related experience to your resume;
  • develop leadership skills;
  • find mentors;
  • or simply give back to the community through service.

The UI Community-Based Learning Program connects campus and community for the common good.




UI Community-Based Learning Program
Pomerantz Career Center
100 Pomerantz Center, Suite C310
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
civic-engagement@uiowa.edu

Mary Mathew Wilson, M.A., Director
319-335-7589
mary-mathew-wilson@uiowa.edu

Information for Community Partners

The Community-Based Learning Program (CBLP) is a point of contact for nonprofit agencies seeking UI student involvement through volunteering, service learning, and internships. We value our local nonprofit agencies as partners, co-educators, and creative collaborators.

  • Working together, we can increase opportunities for UI students to meaningfully serve and engage in the local community and beyond.
  • Experiential education opportunities offered through community-based organizations help develop students' academic and career interests and instill leadership and citizenship skills.
  • Community engagement provides an important link between classroom learning and civic responsibility.
  • Involvement through service provides students with deep learning opportunities and helps them develop a sense of belonging in the local community and beyond.

CBLP is Conducting Site Visits With Local Nonprofits

The Community-Based Learning Program is interested in learning more about local nonprofit agencies and discovering ways in which we can work together to strengthen our partnerships. We are in the process of conducting a minimum of 50 visits during the 2013-14 academic year with agencies in Johnson, Linn, and Washington counties. If you would like to schedule a visit with the CBLP director, please contact us at (313) 335-7589 or by email:civic-engagement@uiowa.edu.

Best Practices for Building Campus and Community Partnerships

The UI Community-Based Learning Program (CBLP) has worked with community partners, UI faculty, staff and students to create guidelines for best practices for community partnerships.


UI Community-Based Learning Program
Pomerantz Career Center
100 Pomerantz Center, Suite C310
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
civic-engagement@uiowa.edu

Mary Mathew Wilson, M.A., Director
319-335-7589
mary-mathew-wilson@uiowa.edu

   

Information for Faculty

The Community-Based Learning Progam assists faculty with locating community-based organizations interested in developing partnerships for academic service-learning courses, community-based research, and publicly-engaged scholarship. Faculty may arrange a consultation by contacting the Community-Based Learning Program.

At the University of Iowa, service learning is defined as "... a way of teaching and learning that incorporates community engagement into academic coursework. Guided reflection links community-based student experience to course learning goals and objectives. Service-learning experiences respond to real community needs and enhance students’ civic responsibility." (UI Center for Teaching.)

Service Learning Resources

The UI Community-Based Learning Program (CBLP) has worked with community partners, UI faculty, staff and students to create guidelines for best practices for community partnerships:

Other Resources for Service Learning:

The UI Community-Based Learning Program connects campus and community for the common good.


New Initiatives

View a list of Non-Profit Agencies visited in 2013-2014.
For more information about “wish list” project ideas contact the UI Community-Based Learning Program at civic-engagement@uiowa.edu

The UI Community-Based Learning Program (CBLP) is now on Facebook.  Like us and stay informed about volunteer opportunities and more!

 

Contact Us

Your feedback is important to the ongoing success of our program.
Please share your suggestions, comments, or questions by contacting
Mary Mathew Wilson.

Mary Mathew-Wilson

Mary Mathew Wilson, M.A., CBLP Director 
319-335-7589 
mary-mathew-wilson@uiowa.edu

UI Community-Based Learning Program (CBLP)
Pomerantz Career Center
100 Pomerantz Center, Suite C310
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

The UI Community-Based Learning Program connects campus and community for the common good.