Welcome to The Center for Community-Based Learning
Founded in 2009, the Center for
Community-Based Learning built upon UNF’s history of community engagement that
began when the University was founded in 1972. Currently the Center is
UNF’s primary office to bring together faculty, students, and community
partners in order to collaborate in the process of improving life in
Jacksonville, Northeast Florida, and beyond.
UNF is proud of its distinction as
a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution and adopts the Carnegie Foundation's definition of Community Engagement:
Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.
Learning provides students with rich, real world opportunities that enhance
student learning, personal development and civic involvement while also
contributing to the enrichment and well-being of the greater Jacksonville community