Cel Conference

Conference on Community Engaged Learning

NEW Date:Thursday, May 8th, 2024, 9AM to 2PM

The conference convenes faculty, staff, community partners, and students from IU Bloomington to celebrate and recognize achievements in community engaged learning. We explore best practices in CEL and teaching and how community-engagement elevates professional growth and research. Connect with peers, share insights, and shape the future of education.

The structure of the conference is a half-day with structured space for networking, conversation, and workshops. Lunch is included.

Conference goals are to

  • Recognize the community engagement efforts of faculty, community partners, students, and staff
  • Support best practices in CEL, community engagement, and teaching
  • Help faculty connect community-engaged teaching to professional development and research

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Request for proposals - Deadline: March 29th, 2024

The IUB Service-Learning Program is seeking proposals for presentations, roundtables, and academic posters from faculty, community partners, students, and staff to be given at the 4th annual Conference.

Session types:

PosterPoster presentations are intended to promote exchange between presenters and attendees on research and/or community-engaged projects. A physical poster must be provided that highlights the purpose, methodology, participants involved, findings, implications for the field, and outcomes.
RoundtableRoundtable discussions will be used to facilitate and workshop ideas, gather feedback, and work collaboratively toward solutions. In small groups of 8-10, participants will discuss an initiative, project, or program that is in development.
30 minutes, maximum of two presenters
Community Partnership ShowcasesPresentations highlighting successful collaborations between courses and community partners, showcasing outcomes, outputs, and process.
25 minutes (15 minutes for presentations and 10 minutes for discussion)
CEL PedagogiesPresentations on innovative teaching methods, curriculum design, and approaches that integrate community engaged learning into academic courses. Could include promising practices that highlight specific projects, infrastructure, or approaches for attendees to take away and use.
25 minutes (15 minutes for presentations and 10 minutes for discussion)

Proposals should address the following themes:

  • Building trust and equitable relationships in community engaged partnerships
  • Supporting students’ civic development
  • CEL as a High Impact Practice (HIP) and assessing its effects on student success
  • Creating productive synergies between research and community-engaged teaching
  • Demonstrating the impact of CEL on Bloomington, state, and international communities
  • Other areas of interest

Link to RFP

Have your work recognized

The conference includes an award ceremony recognizing significant contributions to community engagement and community engaged learning. We encourage nominations, including self-nominations, for the following awards:  

Direct questions to Michael Valliant, Program Director, Service-Learning Program, mvallian@indiana.edu