Community-Based Learning

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About CBL - "Creating a Bridge Between the Community and the Classroom"

Direct Service. Participatory Action Research. Community Immersion. Non-Profit Internship.

Community-Based Learning (CBL) is a form of service learning that provides students with hands-on experience in local nonprofits. Students take CBL classes for academic credit while simultaneously engaging in organized service activities, guided reflection, and critical analysis

How to Get Involved 

Students who take a CBL course will:

  • Learn to advocate for the issues they care about
  • Integrate lessons from the classroom with a service-based experience
  • Advance the LMU mission to educate the whole person 
  • Participate in experiential learning in diverse communities
  • Gain awareness about community needs and marginalized peoples
  • Develop an ability to launch projects to improve the services and capabilities of non-profits
  • Reflect on their volunteer experience

Our Community Partners

CSA partners with a network of local non-profits in the greater Los Angeles area to offer Community Based Learning opportunities. For a list of LMU Community Partners close to our campus on this document Walkable and Public Transportation Map. We also have listed our CBL course partners on this downloadable sheet, Community Partners Spring 2022. (Updated June 1, 2022)

CBL Staff

Daveon Swan, Associate Director for Community-Based Learning

Jenny Fukunaga, Assistant Director for Community and Academic Engagement

CBL Student Coordinators

  • Provide peer support for students enrolled in CBL courses
  • Update placement sheets with profiles of community partners 
  • Conduct CBL orientation in classrooms
  • Assist students with placement logistics 
  • Distribute, collect, and manage service agreements and supervisor evaluations 
  • Track and report student service hours to faculty

Contact Community-Based Learning

If you are interested in Community-Based Learning at LMU or you would like more information, please contact Daveon Swan.