What skills, tools and perspectives do you need to help make change in your community? The program in community engaged learning (CENL) combines academic instruction and critical reflection with on-site, project-based learning. Through collaboration with local community members and groups, CENL offers a rich and deep learning experience that will assist students in their understanding of what civic and social responsibility mean in the 21st century

In CENL, the community is our classroom. The program places you in community settings (schools, health care, environmental organizations, local non-profit and charitable groups, and more) as a practical element of your academic courses. There, you will discover and help to promote such issues as community supported education, sustainable health care, local responses to climate change, community wellbeing, and equitable communities. In these classes, you will learn how to:

  • Explore your own personal values in relation to social justice
  • Recognize and promote the importance of equity and diversity
  • Navigate complex community histories and contexts
  • Collaborate with community partners to assist in addressing challenges and promoting strengths
  • Design and execute community-supported projects


The Community Engaged Learning program works closely with R-PEACE, a centre for engaged learning based in Sackville, NB. R-PEACE is a non-profit organization that researches and develops pedagogical initiatives for engaged learning through the creation of meaningful connections between Mount Allison University and the local communities of Tantramar, Port Elgin, Memramcook, Amherst, and others. R-PEACE seeks to support students’ development of themselves as engaged citizens of their communities.



Aqualab at Mount Allison transformed into hatchery for brook trout
Surplus fish released into nearby Silver Lake earlier this summer
Building bridges
Community Engaged Learning students partner with autism resource centre to bolster programming
Mount Allison’s THRIVE foundation year program receives more than $100,000 in CEWIL funding for student community projects 
Funding to support $700 stipends for first-year Arts students to work with community organizations on ‘wicked problems’

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