University of Vermont

Office of Community-Engaged Learning (CELO)

Community Partners

If you are interested in working with one of UVM's academic service-learning courses, here is the place to start. Service-learning is a reciprocal partnership between community organizations, professors and students. Students engage in work that benefits a community organization, while faculty provide a structure for accountability to the project or service that helps students learn from their experience.

Students doing work as part of service-learning partnerships may engage in:

  • Direct service → i.e. working with people: tutoring, mentoring, planting gardens, etc.
  • Indirect service → i.e. sorting food, measuring trees, collecting GPS data, etc.
  • Consultant-type services → i.e. producing deliverables: marketing plans, policy papers, educational campaigns, engineering designs, etc.
  • Research → i.e. data collection & analysis: interviewing staff, volunteers or clients; studying comparable organizations elsewhere; statistical analysis of existing data sets, etc.

Examples of Community Partnerships

King St. Youth Center and the College of Education & Social Services

Gabriella Tufo-Strouse, Volunteer Coordinator of the King Street Youth Center, and Alan Tinkler, Assistant Professor in the Education Dept., earned the Engaged Partnership Award from Vermont Campus Compact. Alan and Gabriella have empowered King Street to require high-caliber partnerships and bring UVM students into the critical work of supporting New Americans in Vermont.

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Cabot Marketing Challenge Enriches Students & Local Businesses
Professors Kate Woodruff & David Connor joined forces to create and teach the Cabot Marketing Challenge, a designated service-learning course that brings together students and local businesses, with financial support from Cabot Creamery Cooperative. The course pairs groups of students with local, socially responsible businesses and non-profit organizations to develop unique, targeted outreach and marketing plans, the most promising of which are then funded and implemented with grants from Cabot.

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Sociology Students Work with Deptartment of Corrections
Professors Alice Fothergill and Kathy Fox partnered with Jill Evans, Women & Family Services Coordinator at the Vermont Department of Corrections, to create a survey to learn more about the families and children of prisoners in Vermont and how they are impacted by the incarceration of their loved one. Fothergill started the process in her Service Learning Internship seminar, and Fox continued the evaluation in her Criminal Justice Seminar.

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Community Partner Roles & Responsibilities

As part of the reciprocal partnership with faculty and students, community partners may be asked to:

  • help design the project, and/or create a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the faculty member
  • provide necessary training to students implementing the project
  • supervise students on-site
  • provide feedback to students on projects or performance
  • attend final presentations of projects
  • provide feedback to faculty on student participation

If you are interested in working with a service-learning course from UVM, or with individual students as part of a service-learning internship, please contact us at We are always happy to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Last modified May 27 2015 09:57 AM