Five College Community-Based Learning (CBL)

CBL Archive & Readings

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Archive PhotoHolyoke Campus Community Compact

The Holyoke Community-Campus Partnership Project came together around a capacity building grant from Third Sector New England. The group held a two-year dialog series including, Holyoke community members, youth, representatives from organizations and city officials as well as members of faculty, staff and student from the 5 Colleges and HCC. The result of this process was a set of best practices for building strong community-campus partnerships called - the Holyoke Community-Campus Compact


Image to Left: Imre Kepes signs the Holyoke Campus Community Compact in January of 2010 at Enlace de las Familias

From Charity to Justice

Authors Sam Marullo and Bob Edwards (2000), "Argue that educators and community leaders should channel the vast resources of volunteerism toward social change for a more just society and discuss ways that service-learning endeavors contribute to this process."

Building Sustainable Community/University Partnerships

This piece is from a chapter of the book, Inside and Out: Universities and Education for Sustainable Development and was written by members of the Five College Committee for Community Based Learning from Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges. It addressed the complex nature of campus community partnerships in the Pioneer Valley particularly in regards to Holyoke. The article also gives a brief history of the absolved , Holyoke Planners Network (HPN).

Useful tips when entering communities

Adapted from: Dunlap, M. R. (2000). Reaching Out to Children and Families: Students Model Effective Community Service. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.