Center for Community Learning

Non-Profit Organizations
The Center for Community Learning is responsible for introducing UCLA faculty members to community partners who are interested in service learning projects.

If your organization would like to discuss a possible partnership with the Center for Community Learning, please contact Associate Director Dr. Doug Barrera . Please note that in order for students to earn credit while working with an off-campus partner, they must be doing meaningful college-level work (not simply performing administrative duties). To ensure that students receive a meaningful educational experience and professional mentorship, work for service learning and internship courses must take place at a supervised off-campus workplace and cannot be completed from locations such as the student's home, a supervisor's home office, or through telecommuting.

UCLA subscribes to the national best practices for community-campus partnerships:

Principles of Good Community-Campus Partnerships*

  • Partners have agreed upon mission, values, goals, and measurable outcomes for the partnership.
  • The relationship between partners is characterized by mutual trust, respect, genuineness, and commitment.
  • The partnership builds upon identified strengths and assets, but also addresses areas that need improvement.
  • The partnership balances power among partners and enables resources among partners to be shared.
  • There is clear, open and accessible communication between partners, making it an ongoing priority to listen to each need, develop a common language, and validate/clarify the meaning of terms.
  • Roles, norms, and processes for the partnership are established with the input and agreement of all partners.
  • There is feedback to, among, and from all stakeholders in the partnership, with the goal of continuously improving the partnership and its outcomes.
  • Partners share the credit for the partnership's accomplishments.
  • Partnerships take time to develop and evolve over time
*Adopted by the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) board of directors in October 1998.