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. 

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

How to Get Involved 

Look for classes with the "engaged learning" flag. After the class, continue to be involved with your placement and advocate on their behalf. Consider applying for a California Campus Compact Community Engagement Student Fellowship ($500 for 50 hours service).

Our Community Partners 

We have connections with approximately 100 non-profits. Check out the LMU Community Partners close to campus (Walkable and Public Transportation Map) We have also organized out Community Partners by Name and have organized our Community Partners by Social Justice Issue