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Resources for CBL Students

In a community-based learning (CBL) class, students have responsibility for the success of the entire class. You cannot be passive; you must be an active participant.

Remember, you likely signed an informed consent form when you registered for classes. You consented to take responsibility for yourself when you participating in off-campus experiences through University of Richmond, and to abide by any rules prescribed by the University or community organization where you work. Refer to these safety guidelines for more details.

Your professor will provide specific information on the community-based learning requirements for your course. If your class requires you to choose a site in the community, be aware that it takes time to find a placement, so start the first day of class. Go over the site list your professor gives you, consider your transportation options, and then begin contacting community partners. It is likely to take more than one attempt to get matched with a site.

Be aware that community partners may have requirements to fulfill before you can begin volunteering, such as criminal background checks or medical tests. Be sure to ask about what is required before you can begin at the site.

Find a Community Partner and Sign Up

  • Explore the CCE Map to find a community partner that fulfills your CBL requirement.
  • If you choose a CCE partner organization, register for a specific opportunity.

Secure Transportation

  • Find transportation to your service site and reserve a seat on the shuttle.
  • If your community partner cannot be accessed by a UR transportation option, you may be eligible to use a ZipCar.

Attend Orientation

  • Take note of your community partner's prerequisites, and if you are committing to a CCE community partner, consult the CCE Events Feed for your community partner's orientation date.

Questions? Contact Us

Associate Director, community-engaged learning, Terry Dolson

Program Manager, community-engaged learning, Cody Fleeger


Questions About CBL?

Contact Terry Dolson, community-based learning manager, with questions about CBL courses, fellowships, and research opportunities.
(804) 484-1607

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