Academic Campus-Community Connections

Curricular Service-Learning

The Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program provides direct and indirect support to faculty, students, and local community partners as they embark together in community-based, experiential learning projects.

Service-learning and civic engagement courses allow you to actively apply what you are learning in class through collaborative civic partnerships with local non-profit partners. You’ll deepen your appreciation of course content and use interdisciplinary methods to address real-world problems and issues. These classes also provide an avenue for reflection that give you time to intentionally integrate your values, academic interests, and emerging professional skills with your personal, civic, and professional goals.

Classes with a community-based or applied aspect will be marked as such in the course catalogue.

 

Community-Based Research

Community-Based Research (CBR) at Grinnell occurs when college research resources (through classes, independent research projects, faculty initiatives, and/or mentored advanced projects) partner with community organizations to find answers to community issues. Collaborative research partnerships like these merge resources and expertise in a way that aims to shed light on today’s civic and environmental challenges and identify innovative directions for solving them.

CBR benefits community organizations by enabling them to make informed, data-driven decisions and provides new perspectives on community issues. CBR benefits students by providing opportunities to apply research skills to real-world problems and learn the soft skills necessary to apply academic learning to real-world settings.

Classes with a community-based or applied aspect will be marked as such in the course catalogue.