Community Based Learning

Connecting academic work and purposeful engagement with the world.

The Community Based Learning Program links Mount Holyoke College students with communities through courses, independent studies, internships, and research and service projects that combine learning and analysis with action and social change. Students learn about communities and how to apply ideas, theories, and models to social issues in a practical context while gaining insights from practitioners in communities and in community-based organizations (CBOs).

The CBL Fellows program enhances students’ understanding of social issues and concerns, and fosters leadership, citizenship, organizing, and advocacy skills. Among community partners, CBL fosters sustainable, mutually beneficial campus-community relationships that support capacity-building in area community organizations.

The CBL experience, in many cases provides an introduction or perspective to work that students may pursue further in their international internships and future careers. 

Ye Li '11, Graduate Student
Ye Li '11: one of my proudest achievements during my undergraduate journey is my thesis in Spanish.
Maria José Correa FP '16
Maria Correa FP '16: the best way for me to learn is by working with and learning from Spanish speaking students and educators in their own voices.
New Spanish Corps
Gwen Coiley '13 connects Spanish-speaking MHC students with Holyoke schools, who need translation and interpretation services to reach kids and parents.
Zilin Cui '11
Zilin Cui ’11: I learned how to engage with Spanish speakers on a cultural, intellectual and professional level, and became a true world citizen.
Mika Weissbuch, Podcasts for Peace
Mika Kie Weissbuch '11: while researching privatization in and around Managua’s municipal dump, we got the idea to start a children’s community center.