Guidelines for Designing Courses

Community Engagement

CC courses and projects should strive to include some form of community engagement. This may, for example, be a partnership with an off-campus organization, a service-learning component, an internship program, a series of field site visits, study abroad, collaboration with a non-profit group, attendance at events off-campus, or involvement with a school.

A key aim here is for UWM students to examine the diversity of Milwaukee and the many opportunities for learning that the city provides. Whether they are from the city or beyond, our students often come from segregated backgrounds or have little or no experience with multiculturalism.

Students may know little about our many distinct neighborhoods or their rich histories, or arrive on campus with stereotypes and misperceptions about other people or communities. Engagement should be designed to challenge biases, facilitate intercultural communication, and promote critical self-reflection on the part of students about their own cultural identities.

To qualify, the engagement must enhance the student’s knowledge and/or interaction with a community or cultural group and/or strengthen their cross-cultural understanding. Course content should include assignments requiring students to reflect analytically on community engagement experiences and to relate these experiences to the academic content of the class. Instructors are encouraged to work with the Center for Volunteerism and Student Leadership in developing this component.