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Collaborative for Community-Engaged Learning


Unique Community Partnerships

Student Fellows working on projects in computer science, communications, and spatial analysis
Faculty Fellows working as academic liaisons to incorporate community-engaged work in their courses
Students involved in diverse initiatives
Students participated in partnership, social justice and implicit bias training

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Spearheaded by a Furman Advantage initiative in 2016, the Collaborative for Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) builds upon Furman’s legacy of community partnerships. The university is dedicated to deeply understanding and addressing community challenges, identifying opportunities for collaboration, and providing formative experiences for students through research opportunities.

Meet our People

Group of students in front of the United Ministries bus Students appear outside, working on mapping

Student Opportunities

CEL gives students opportunities to participate in the many aspects of community engagement. Our student fellows work on community-based participatory research projects, plan and attend community-based events, work closely with the multidisciplinary faculty affiliates, and assist in developing and implementing CEL’s strategic goals.

We offer paid fellowships for students during the summer and academic year. Interested in pursuing a student fellowship with us?

Complete your application

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Community Partners

CEL focuses on cultivating deep and long-term collaborations with local agencies, non-profits, corporations, and other partners by helping to connect students and faculty experts to projects.

Learn more about our projects

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Learn more about CEL from our newsletter, Dins Engaged.

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