Faculty Resources

Community engagement has long been central to the mission of institutions of higher education. Following is a curated list of resources that have helped shape community-engaged research, teaching, and learning that enacts Catholic social tradition at the University of Notre  Dame. More specifically, these resources focus on academic community engagement, the purview of the Center for Social Concerns, which integrates academic and experiential learning with social concerns to guide the researched reflection that advances high impact deep learning, transforming students and communities. The field is vast and ever-evolving, so we welcome your recommendations for additions.

History of Community-Engaged Learning at Notre Dame

The Center for Social Concerns (CSC) was established at Notre Dame in 1983. The center is one of the proud heirs of the commitment and contribution to social service and social justice by Notre Dame students, faculty, staff, alumni and alumnae, since the founding of the University by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1842.

The Social

Community partners and Notre Dame faculty and staff interested in deepening academic community engagement are invited to exchange ideas about community-engaged courses or research while enjoying refreshments and good company.

Community-Engaged Teaching

Well-designed and implemented community-based courses animate the University’s aim of educating the heart and mind. The Center for Social Concerns offers resources and support for faculty interested in community-engaged teaching including information on preparing, managing, and assessing community-engaged courses.

Community-Engaged Course Design

The center recognizes community-engaged courses in every college in school in the following areas: community-based research, community-based learning, and experiential learning. Learn more on the course design page about proposing new courses, identifying existing courses with the CSC designation, and structuring community-engaged courses.

Risk Management

Community-based programs offer University of Notre Dame students an opportunity to expand their knowledge base, develop their skill level, and serve the community outside the boundaries of a conventional learning environment. These resources below were developed to address the signature risks of community-based programs.

Professional Opportunities

An increasing number of peer-reviewed journals and professional conferences in many disciplines now feature the practice and product of community-engaged scholarship. 

Resources and Scholarship

These resources focus on academic community engagement, the purview of the Center for Social Concerns, which integrates academic and experiential learning with social concerns to guide the researched reflection that advances high impact deep learning, transforming students and communities.

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September 2020

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Information Session | ISSLP 2021
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 7:00pm

October 2020

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Labor Café Goes Virtual! October First Friday
Friday, October 2, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Information Session | ISSLP 2021
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 7:00pm
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BetterTogetherND Interfaith Small Group Launch
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Application Deadline | ISSLP 2021
Sunday, October 11, 2020 (All day)
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Application Deadline | SSLP 2021
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November 2020

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Higgins Labor Film Club: Norma Rae (1979)
Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Labor Café Goes Virtual! November First Friday
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Higgins Labor Film Club: Bread and Roses (2000)
Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 4:00pm
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CVN Virtual Volunteer Fair (Day 1)
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
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CVN Virtual Volunteer Fair (Day 2)
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm

December 2020

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Labor Café Goes Virtual! December First Friday
Friday, December 4, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm