Community-Based Learning

Medaille in the Community

A vital part of your Medaille College education is community-based learning. In fact, this is one of the five pillars on which we stake our reputation. What you learn today makes an impact in your community tomorrow.

Recently, our dedicated students and faculty organized a winter clothing drive for the Buffalo City Mission, adopted a family through the Salvation Army Tree program, and participated in a Thanksgiving food drive. What’s more? One of our student-run clubs, ENACTUS, in partnership with the women’s basketball team and men’s soccer team, organized on-campus sports clinics for youth involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Buffalo and the Erie County Boys & Girls Clubs.

And that’s just a small sample of community-based projects Medaille students, faculty and staff are involved in throughout the school year.

Explore your community, understand your major, involve yourself and produce new knowledge. This is how you make a difference in your community at Medaille, where college meets career.

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Center for Community-Based Learning

The Medaille College Center for Community-Based Learning fosters and supports learning that links the classroom with the community in an effort to enhance students’ real-world problem-solving skills, promote students’ civic engagement, and advance a civic and sustainable future in Buffalo, the region and the world. We connect students, faculty and staff with community-based organizations to encourage the type of internal growth and fulfillment that only community engagement can generate.

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Faculty Resources

The Center for Community-Based Learning provides a range of services and resources to help faculty as develop ideas, seek appropriate community connections, manage the logistics associated with community-based learning endeavors, critically reflect with students on their experiences and assess at the project’s completion.

Resources related to community-based learning course planning and pedagogy can be found here:

  • Assistance identifying and connecting with community-based organizations for service learning or community-based learning projects
  • Collaborating with to adapt the course  syllabus, create reflection assignments, and develop rubrics to assess community-based learning experiences
  • Securing topical guest speakers from nonprofits for in-class presentations
  • Preparing for service-learning and cultural sensitivity workshops for students prior to engaging in community-based learning experiences
  • Assistance coordinating the logistics of community-based learning projects
  • Gathering and storing community-based learning data
  • Forms to use with your students during community-based learning experiences
  • Video cameras capable of shooting high-definition video and stills, along with tripods

To get started, call (716) 566-3083.

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Resources for Community-Based Organizations

At Medaille, we recognize that the most valuable community-based learning projects frequently arise from the needs and assets of the community and of the agencies serving the community. To that end, the Director of the Center for Community-Based Learning is enthusiastic about meeting with you to develop and enhance community-based learning project ideas. To get started, call (716) 566-3083.

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Student Resources

Throughout your coursework, you will be challenged by community-based learning projects that will expand your personal development, help you apply your knowledge and build your portfolio of marketable skills.

Looking to get involved off-campus? Volunteering can be a great way to explore career options, build your network and professional skills, and have fun! There are more than 100 community-based organizations that are interested in help from Medaille students. If you want to volunteer but stay on campus, many organizations are interested in student-run donation drives.

Email us or stop by our office in Huber 109B between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to learn more about community involvement!

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Project EQUIP
Learn by doing.
Learn by doing good.

At Medaille College, your learning is hands-on and connected with the community. Through Project EQUIP, our faculty works directly with you to link classroom learning with real-world problem solving, right from the first semester. Project EQUIP encourages early and continuous career exploration through community involvement and internships.

In every undergraduate program, you will get out of the classroom to apply your learning through teamwork, projects, and service in local organizations. By the time you graduate, you will have developed the skills that employers want, and you will have built a network you can rely on for future opportunities.

We know successful careers happen when you understand your profession’s impact on the community. So, we designed an experience that will connect your goals with the needs and opportunities in Buffalo and beyond.

Year 1:
Explore Your Community and Question Your Role

Build foundational skills for college success and achieve a greater understanding of yourself and your community.

Year 2:
Understand Your Major

Connect your academic concentration to important community issues while exploring career options.

Year 3:
Involve Yourself

Through internships, field experiences and service-learning projects, build your network and gain the skills that will empower you for career success.

Year 4:
Produce New Knowledge

Apply your learning to solve real-world problems and create an original project that has the potential to make a difference.

Implementation of Project EQUIP was supported by a generous grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation, 2010-2013.

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Community-Based Learning Activities Tracker

FACULTY & STAFF: Are you doing community-based learning? Medaille needs to know! Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey.

Contact Center for Community-Based Learning

18 Agassiz Circle
109B Huber Hall Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 566-3083

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