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Collaborative for Community Engaged Learning

Our work in the Collaborative for Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) centers on facilitating existing partnerships between the community and the academic program and fostering the development of new collaborations that enhance student learning (through teaching and research) and contribute to the greater good. These partnerships often take place within courses but also extend beyond semester boundaries to include interdisciplinary teams of faculty, community members, and students. These collaborations provide the opportunity for students, faculty, and community partners to learn from one another, address community needs, and leverage community assets and expertise.

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

Kids being educated on the creation of clay bowls by art student


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

CEL students standing outside the United Ministries bus Students mapping beneath tent in the woods

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.

We are currently offering two spring 2020 internship opportunities. Interested in pursuing an internship 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

Students working in woods, digging holes of community engaged learning Belltower looming overhead, winter trees on the edge of the picture


Learn more about CEL from our newsletter, Dins Engaged.

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