Merging Classroom and Community

Community partnerships help apply what students learn in the classroom to the world around them.

Community-based learning is an experience developed in partnership with nonprofit and community organizations where students connect their academic work to projects that focus on community-defined need and enhance their understanding of social, civic and ethical issues.

Expanding Impact in the Classroom

Davidson regularly offers community-based learning courses that focus on social issues that meet a community-defined need. These courses include community investigations developed alongside community members, site visits to organizations and exhibits, and guest speakers who represent valuable community perspectives. Classes also engage in policy briefs and proposals for change and direct service experiences that, through critical reflection, connect course content to larger community issues.

Community-Based Learning Courses

Meaningful Research and Outcomes

Students engaged with community-based learning have opportunities to conduct research and to work with communities to develop meaningful solutions to community-identified social issues. Students are provided with opportunities to present their research on campus during the annual Verna Miller Case Research and Creative Works Symposium, a campus-wide celebration of student research, creative works and community-based learning.

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