A Word from the Director

    After a brief hiatus, we’re pleased to be offering our newsletter again, now called the “Civic Engager”.  As we bring to close another academic year, I’m excited to share this year’s accomplishments at the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). 

    This year we hired 19 Community Mentors (CMs) to oversee the many campus-community partnerships and CBL students.  In addition to managing CBL logistics, the CMs were instrumental in the success of our two major service events.  Since its inception, the Community Mentor applicant pool has been largely female.  In an effort to diversify the experience, one goal for the upcoming year is to increase male participation in the program.

    Over the course of the year, we offered 21 courses and 19 independent studies, putting 381 students in the community for a total of 8,637 hours.  This year we saw an increase in the number of students taking two courses with CBL in their first year at SLU; this is in large part due to our collaboration with the First Year Program.  At the end of the day, we wouldn’t be able to do a large part of our programming without the Faculty that teach the many courses with CBL and the Community Partners that continue to accept our students.  Each semester, we worked with approximately 25 Community Agencies/Organizations including our work at Akwesasne, NY.  With much appreciation, thank you for your continued support of the CBL  Program.  Beginning in the Fall of 2013, the CCE will be offering a series of Community Based Learning Roundtables made possible by an Innovation Grant through the President’s Office. 

    Finally, I’d like to welcome Ms. Alexandra (Alie) Sarhanis to the CCE.  Alie joined the University this Spring as the “Community Coordinator” for both the Sustainability Semester and the CCE.  In this capacity, Alie will oversee the Community Mentor Program and work with a select group of Community Partners.


Brenda Papineau

Community Based Learning Partnerships
Center for Civic Engagement