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Center for Community Engagement Learning

Center for Community Engaged Learning
Health Science Library
Suite 123
766 Irving Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Phone: 315 464-8807
Fax: 315 464-5431
Name: Simone Seward, DrPH, Director
Email: [email protected]

Transforming student learning and social responsibility. Deepening faculty engagement. Partnering with the community to address identified priority areas. This is the work that drives the existence of the Center for Community Engagement Learning at the Norton College of Medicine!

What is Community Engagement?

Community engagement describes a bi-directional relationship in which we work with communities for the mutually-beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources, in a context of partnership and reciprocity, with the explicit purpose to:

  1. enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity;
  2. enhance curriculum, teaching and learning;
  3. prepare educated, engaged citizens;
  4. strengthen ethical and civic responsibility;
  5. address critical societal issues; and
  6. contribute to healthy communities.

We believe that this form of engagement leads to impactful learning about social, structural, environmental, and systems issues, which can bring about change in our community. When faculty and students join community partners for collaborative and sustained exploration of community-identified needs, with tangible results, everyone benefits. Through community engagement, we learn from, with, and about our communities and how to best serve them!

What programs or initiatives do we support?

CCEL supports programs and initiatives that align with the following objectives:

  • Meet community-identified needs or advances the work of a non-profit or public organization;
  • Is collaborative in nature with involvement from the target audience and benefits an underserved population;
  • Is evidence-based, data-driven, measurable, and sustainable over time to demonstrate impact;