What is Community Service-Learning (CSL)?

Community Service-Learning (CSL) encapsulates the University’s commitments to learning, discovery, and citizenship, and to connecting communities (Dare to Discover). 

By completing a number of courses with a CSL component, including our CSL-designated courses, students can earn a Certificate in Community Engagement and Service-Learning upon graduation.

The program also offers opportunities for students to serve as interns on local non-profit boards, and for U of A staff and graduate students to teach courses to adults facing barriers to education through the Humanities 101 program.

Here is Lesley Cormack, Dean of Arts, speaking about CSL:


  1. Sheena Wilson Top 40 Under 40

    November 03 2014

    CSL Instructor Sheena Wilson isn’t the kind of professor who hides in a musty office, surrounded by books. For her, an academic serves the community — not the ivory tower.

  2. Students Engaged in Person-Centered Care at CSS

    May 26 2014

    Catholic Social Services’ Disability Service and the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta are collaborating through the U of A’s Community Service Learning Program to give pharmacy students an experiential understanding of how relationship building can significantly improve effective client care.

  3. Janelle Lee & Stephanie Spafford, Non-Profit Board Interns

    May 16 2014

    The Non-Profit Board Internship Program, offered by Community Service-Learning and CAPS, pairs University of Alberta students with NGOs and charities in Edmonton. Sustainable Food Edmonton (SFE) has been an enthusiastic participant in the program. Stephanie Spafford and Janelle Lee are two students who have been paired with SFE and share their experiences.

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