The Key Center for Community Engaged Learning connects community partners, students, faculty, and staff to build relationships that strengthen communities and address social issues.
- Cultural humility, social responsibility, and sustainability are central to the Key Center’s philosophy of community engaged learning. Our community partners are experts and co-educators who help drive and guide the learning curriculum, our service work, and the approach we take when entering into this community.
- We aim to support students as they develop as scholars, leaders, and active citizens by coordinating and supporting service experiences, community based research, service learning, cultural events, and educational programs. In building authentic relationships with our community partners, we help students broaden their perspective, develop critical thinking strategies, apply transferable skills, and explore their life purpose.
Key Connect is a volunteer engagement and management system that helps community partners find and pair volunteers with the right opportunities. Community partners post needs to the site where individuals and teams can respond with a simple click. Similar to Facebook, community partners create profiles that highlight their organization’s mission, contact information, service opportunities, and volunteer events. Interested volunteers make similar profiles that enable them to search for engagement opportunities that fit their interests. Volunteers can list their areas of interest, join volunteer groups, become fans of community partners, and track volunteer needs and events.