Community-Based Learning (CBL)

Professor Aurora Camacho de Schmidt
In spring 2013 Professor Aurora Camacho de Schmidt and students in her Community Based Learning (CBL) course "Mexican Pennsylvania: The Making of a Transnational Community," assembled an altar to remember individuals who lost their lives crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Community Based Learning (CBL) is a pedagogical approach that is based on the premise that the most profound learning often comes from experience that is supported by guidance, context-providing, foundational knowledge, and intellectual analysis.The opportunity for students to bring thoughtful knowledge and ideas based on personal observation and social interaction to a course's themes and scholarly arguments brings depth to the learning experience for individuals and to the content of the course. The communities of which we are a part can benefit from the resources of our faculty and students, while the courses can be educationally transformative in powerful ways. Note: A list of past community based learning courses can be found here [pdf].