The Center for Community Learning is responsible for introducing UCLA faculty members to community partners who are interested in service learning projects.

If your organization would like to discuss a possible partnership with the Center for Community Learning, please contact Associate Director Dr. Doug Barrera . Please note that in order for students to earn credit while working with an off-campus partner, they must be doing meaningful college-level work (not simply performing administrative duties). To ensure that students receive a meaningful educational experience and professional mentorship, work for service learning and internship courses must take place at a supervised off-campus workplace and cannot be completed from locations such as the student’s home, a supervisor’s home office, or through telecommuting.

UCLA subscribes to the national best practices for community-campus partnerships:

Principles of Good Community-Campus Partnerships*

  • Partners have agreed upon mission, values, goals, and measurable outcomes for the partnership.
  • The relationship between partners is characterized by mutual trust, respect, genuineness, and commitment.
  • The partnership builds upon identified strengths and assets, but also addresses areas that need improvement.
  • The partnership balances power among partners and enables resources among partners to be shared.
  • There is clear, open and accessible communication between partners, making it an ongoing priority to listen to each need, develop a common language, and validate/clarify the meaning of terms.
  • Roles, norms, and processes for the partnership are established with the input and agreement of all partners.
  • There is feedback to, among, and from all stakeholders in the partnership, with the goal of continuously improving the partnership and its outcomes.
  • Partners share the credit for the partnership’s accomplishments.
  • Partnerships take time to develop and evolve over time

*Adopted by the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) board of directors in October 1998.