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 CENL program has changed my life, challenging me to reflect in new ways and understand my position within society. I now seek ways to engage in activism, empowered by the CENL program." - Lucy Isabel Rae (Third year student)


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.



Owens Art Gallery receives Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Award 
The award recognizes the gallery’s commitment to community literacy and lifelong learning 
Class of 2024 honoured at Last Lecture
The tenth annual Last Lecture, recognizing graduating students for their contributions to the Mount Allison and Tantramar communities, was held on March 26.
Honours sociology student Quinn Waylaing explores ethnographic approach to learning
Undergraduate research project funded by SSHRC award for Black scholars  

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