• Call for CELO Award Nominations

    Every year, CELO recognizes outstanding faculty, students, and community partners who work to create rigorous and reciprocal community-engaged learning opportunities.

    We are now accepting 2020 award nominations.

  • 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

  • Cynitha Reyes

    Connecting ELL Students through Storytelling

    Dr. Cynthia Reyes’ work with language, literacy, and its impact on identity has been the focus of her research.

    Read more about her community-engaged work.

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.


94 service-learning courses 71 faculty teaching SL courses 177 community partners to SL courses
42% of 2019 graduating seniors took at least one SL course 6 new Faculty Fellows for Community-Engaged Learning 7 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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