Community-Based Learning

The Weissman Center’s Community-Based Learning (CBL) program connects academic work and purposeful engagement with the world. CBL 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 learn 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). CBL 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.

Previous Years' Blog Posts

Blog: Caitlin Kidder and Neighbors Helping Neighbors, South Hadley's Food Pantry

Caitlin Kidder and Neighbors Helping Neighbors, South Hadley's Food Pantry

From hatching salmon eggs to organizing food drives, Caitlin Kidder has done a lot to leave her mark on the CBL program.  Here are the details about Kidder's work with Mount Holyoke alum Sue Brouillette and the South Hadley food pantry, Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

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Blog: Crossing the Bridge: Stephanie Maitre and the South Hadley Youth Commission

Crossing the Bridge: Stephanie Maitre and the South Hadley Youth Commission

Most of the kids at South Hadley High don't know much about the multiculturalism at Mount Holyoke, even though it's in their own backyard.  And, despite being next-door-neighbors, the towns of South Hadley and Holyoke barely interact at all!  Stephanie Maitre is keenly aware of these unseen barriers, and she's determined to start breaking them down.  Through her work with the South Hadley Youth Commission, Maitre isn't only helping to build the community spirit within the town, but encouraging it to grow beyond those boundaries.

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Blog: Martin Luther King Day Food Drive

Martin Luther King Day Food Drive

On January 21st, 2013 (Martin Luther King Day!), a food drive benefitting Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the South Hadley food pantry, took place.  A collaboration between Mount Holyoke College and South Hadley High School, the event was designed to bring the community together in the spirit of helping one another.  Volunteers from MHC, South Hadley High, and from all parts of the town worked together to make the third annual drive a resounding success, despite the frigid weather.  Read more here!

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Blog: Mount Holyoke and Holyoke Community College Collaboration

Mount Holyoke and Holyoke Community College Collaboration

Students from Mount Holyoke College and Holyoke Community College collaborate through coursework to address some of the surrounding community's pressing issues.

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Blog: Grantwriting with Alan Bloomgarden

Grantwriting with Alan Bloomgarden

The last CBL workshop of the semester was an informative introductory session on how to be a successful grantwriter.  Taught by Alan Bloomgarden, CBL coordinator, the workshop was packed with valuable info that only an experienced grantwriter (like Alan) could know.

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