Community-Based Learning

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The Center for Service and Action is committed to providing support to faculty members interested in community engagement.

  • Community-Based Learning is a pedagogical method that requires students to engage in organized service activities, guided reflection, and critical analysis.
  • Students and faculty advance the LMU mission in a focused and integrated manner by learning about the community from first-hand experience.
  • Community partners build organizational capacity, fulfill their mission and enhance programs through LMU student involvement.

Community Partners & Placement Sites

Engaging over 130 community partners and organizations on a range of social justice issues including:

  • Education
  • Food and Hunger
  • Restorative Justice
  • Immigration

CBL Services for Faculty & Students

A full-service resource for supporting faculty and students interested in CBL:

  • Collaborate with faculty on integrating the components of CBL into curriculum.
  • Match service placements that will provide experiences complementary to learning goals.
  • Administer all aspects of the relationship between LMU and our community partners.
  • Provide guidance to students about service placements and transportation strategies.
  • Assess the efficacy of the CBL experience with students, faculty, community partners.
  • Collaborate with the Center for Teaching Excellence in offering periodic CBL discussions.
  • Provide a yearly seminar/workshop for faculty interested in CBL.

Contact Community-Based Learning

If you are interested in Community-Based Learning at Loyola Marymount University or would like more information, please contact Lezlee Matthews, Ph.D., Director at or (310) 338-2959.