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:
- Civic engagement
- Community-based learning