Mission, Vision, Values


Community Service-Learning (CSL) fosters reciprocal relationships amongst UAlberta instructors and staff, community partners and learners to create opportunities for their reflective participation in socially responsive, community engaged learning and research activities.


CSL is recognized in Canadian higher education, at UAlberta and by the Edmonton community as a program that brokers knowledge for social impact and positive social change. With support from public and private partners, and by linking together community organizations, learners, academic instructors and researchers, CSL deepens student learning and generates social innovation to address complex social problems.


Indigenous ways of knowing and being: recognizing we are situated in Amiskwacîwâskahikan on Treaty 6 territory, the territory of the Papaschase, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Dialogical learning: integrating in-class and community based learning experiences

Community knowledges: valuing community members and partners as knowledgeable, skilled and actively making positive social change

Collaboration: bridging institutional boundaries to connect people and partners

Social inclusion and social justice: creating socially inclusive learning spaces on campus and in community, accessible to a diversity of learners

Arts-based and arts-informed approaches: generating and communicating community engaged learning and research outcomes

Global citizenship: community partners, university instructors and staff jointly co-educating students to positively contribute to communities, from the local to the global

Innovative teaching and research: opening up our courses and research to community wisdom and aspirations