Professional Development

For Students in Community-Engaged Learning Classes

These trainings are offered to students who are registered for a community-engaged learning class. They help students prepare for the community service component of the class. Students should contact their community-engaged learning coordinator with any questions about the training requirement for their class.

To register, click on the date for the session you would like to attend. These trainings typically take place during the third and fourth weeks of each semester. If you don't see any dates and times listed below, check back at the beginning of a semester for the new schedule. If you have questions, call 612-626-2044 or email csltrain@umn.edu

To request a disability-related accommodation please contact the Center for Community-Engaged Learning at (612) 626 - 2044 or ccel@umn.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

This training is recommended for students who are new to community work and emphasizes the practical skills needed to be successful and get the most out of your service-learning experience. As a participant in this session, you will:

  • strengthen your skills of observation and reflection
  • discuss scenarios you might encounter during your community-engaged learning and how best to handle these situations
  • explore the connections between your community-engaged learning work and the broader social issues that affect our community
  • examine how your own identity or "social location" affects the work you do with others in the community.

If you do not see any training sessions below, please check back later! 
Click on the date to register. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Friday, February 8, 2019 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, February 11, 2019 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thursday, February 14, 2019 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday, February 15, 2019 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday, February 15, 2019 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Monday, February 18, 2019 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This session is recommended for students who have significant previous experience with community work and/or community-engaged learning. It focuses on problematizing "service" and thinking critically about your own service experiences, both past and present. As a participant in this session, you will:

  • explore the idea of "service" and what place it has in society and in our lives
  • identify characteristics of "shallow" and "deep" community service experiences and authentic partnerships
  • think through questions including who serves, who receives service, who "deserves" service, who benefits from service, and if it's possible for service to have negative as well as positive effects
  • apply your analysis and discussion to your own work in the community
  • consider your long-term goals for community work.

If you do not see any training sessions below, please check back later! 
Click on the date to register.

Friday, February 8, 2019 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Monday, February 11, 2019 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday, February 15, 2019 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

For Students Interested in Literacy Tutoring

This training prepares volunteers to work with adult students who are learning English. It also prepares volunteers to tutor adult English language learners in math, citizenship, computers, or job skills. After completing this training, tutors will be able to:

  • communicate with language learners
  • identify best practices for tutoring
  • describe an activity's purpose, the skills it practices, and how to adapt it
  • prepare students to do an activity
  • assist in a conversation or literacy lesson.

If you do not see any training sessions below, please check back later! 
Click on the date to register. 

Saturday, February 15th, 2020 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

50B Humphrey

For International Students

Our International Student Guide to Volunteering addresses common concerns that come up in volunteering such as transportation, connecting with organizations, and CPT.