• CELO Guide to Community-Engaged Course Adaptation

    For faculty teaching community-engaged learning (particularly service learning) courses, please read CELO's guide to adapting your community-engaged course for flexible delivery.

    CELO Resources

  • 2020 CELO Award Winners

    Although our awards reception was postponed due to COVID-19, CELO recognizes the winners of our 2020 Community-Engaged Learning Awards.

    See this year's winners

  • Community-Engaged Learning Course Designation

    Courses designated as Service Learning (SL) or Civic Learning (CL) on the Schedule of Courses include everything from introductory-level projects offering initial exposure to community engagement to full-year, service-learning capstone experiences that launch students into life after UVM. 

    See the designation criteria, learn more about the process, and designate your SL/CL course.

  • Zooming Past Social Isolation

    Senior Nursing student Kylie Beausoleil’s research project seeks to determine how social isolation affects older adults during COVID-19, and whether they will continue using technology to communicate with loved ones post-pandemic. Kylie is working withadvising faculty Jason Garbarino in support of his service-learning course, and financially supported by a Simon Family Public Research Award.

  • Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning workshop

    Faculty Fellows for Community-Engaged Learning

    Since 1999, CELO has trained more than 200 faculty members in service-learning pedagogy and related community engagement.

    Read more about our Faculty Development

  • Community-Engaged Learning Opportunities for Students

    Whether you are interested in exploring community-engaged learning for the first time, or have completed multiple community-engaged course, there are many opportunities to continue connecting your academic skills and interests to real-world experiences with community partners. Learn more about how you can get involved!

The Community-Engaged Learning Office (CELO) is UVM's home for academic service-learning. Our goal is to help students put their learning into practice on behalf of the many communities connected to UVM.

The University of Vermont has a distinguished history of community-engaged teaching and learning. As the home and alma mater of John Dewey, UVM is the spiritual home of this high-impact practice, and has long valued engagement in community and experiential education as key foundations for citizenship. CELO continues this work, maintaining relationships with community partners, and supporting pathways for students to engage in communities throughout their time at UVM and beyond.

CELO trains faculty in the pedagogy and practice of service-learning, helping to provide students with access to roughly 100 service-learning courses a year and in every school and college. These courses work in partnership with hundreds of organizations: nonprofits, local government entities, small businesses, community associations, and more. Students in service-learning courses offer technical, logistical, educational, design and clinical support, applying the tools of their discipline to concrete and real issues.


105 service- & civic-learning courses60 faculty teaching SL courses177 community partners to SL courses
42% of 2019 graduating seniors took at least one SL course(AY20 data available soon)6 new Faculty Fellows for Community-Engaged Learning7 awards for Outstanding Service-Learning


CELO works to create a community of practice among UVM faculty built on the high-impact practice of community-engaged learning. We designate courses; offer a Faculty Fellows program; and provide many other faculty development opportunities, in-course supports, and other course development resources. 

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CELO can help students get involved with many different partners, professions, and communities in Burlington and beyond. Whether you have completed one community-engaged learning course or many, there are opportunities to continue connecting your academic skills and interests to real-world experiences with community partners.

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Community Partners

If you are interested in parrtnering with a UVM course, 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.

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