The Center's Focus on Engaged Learning

In July 2020, the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) expanded to include the Office of Engaged Learning. The broadening of the CGE allows UMF to solidify and unify the part of our mission that strives to build and foster a community of "diverse learners and scholars committed to advancing our local and global communities."  

Engaged learning indicates that students have opportunities to engage deeply in their own learning, and to practice the transfer or application of knowledge to off-campus contexts.  Engaged learning is designed to allow students to interact with other perspectives and voices.  This approach to learning aims to facilitate the respect of difference and to foster participation to reach deeper levels of intercultural understanding that go beyond awareness of superficial differences and stereotypes. 

The Office of Engaged learning in the CGE works to advance engaged citizenship (locally and globally) through place-based education. The Office of Engaged Learning supports this agenda through developing and facilitating participatory curricular and co-curricular projects and programs for:

  • Service-learning
  • Civic engagement
  • Community-based learning
  • Volunteering
  • Internships

Engaged Learning Guidelines for Off-Campus Activities

To support the health and well-being of our university community during the pandemic, the following guidelines for off-campus UM-Flint engaged learning activities are in effect during the ongoing pandemic. These Provost’s Office guidelines will subside once the Detroit Region (region 1) of the MI Safe Start plan, issued by Governor Whitmer on May 7, 2020, reaches at least Phase 6. Michigan’s COVID-19 Status and Reopening Phases by Region: 

Are you planning on getting involved in the community? If so, please know we have a new off-campus student registration form. The purpose of these temporary guidelines is to track the locations of U-M students engaged in off-campus U-M-related experiences and enable communication and public health updates as needed. Additionally , this registration form is not intended to approve or disapprove your activity, but rather have a conversation with you to make sure that we are taking the proper precautions during COVID-19.  

Here are some examples of activities that need to be registered:

  • Alternative Breaks
  • MLK Day of Service
  • Service-learning activities and projects 
  • UM-Flint sponsored volunteer activities

The guidelines apply to UM-Flint students participating in off-campus activities that have an in-person component. They do not apply to any on-campus activities or any activity offered exclusively in a remote format.

Student Organizations, clinical rotations, and student teaching are not considered engaged learning activities for purposes of these guidelines. However, student organizations must follow the policies and procedures outlined in the Student Organization Handbook and/or they must adhere to the guidelines set forth by their respective academic unit or department.

Off-campus, university-related domestic activities for individual students are permissible if students meet the following conditions: 

  • Students must register any in-person off-campus activity that takes place in the United States through the off-campus student registration form.
  • Within the registration, students must agree to follow any applicable laws, rules, regulations, orders, and public health guidelines at their host location.
  • Students also must agree to follow any applicable UM-Flint requirements for returning to campus after their engaged learning activity concludes.
  • If there is a travel component, students must register travel in the U-M Travel Registry. Additionally, international travel falls under the UM-Ann Arbor Global Engagement International Travel Warnings and Restrictions. To see those guidelines, please click here.


Engaged Learning Guidelines for Off-Campus Activities - Additional Resources

To register your activity, please follow this link!

For an example of how to fill out the registry, please follow this link!

Please follow this link to view our FAQ page!

Coming Soon!

We are working to curate a list of engaged learning opportunities available to UM-Flint students.