New Initiatives

Student Advisory Group on Engagement (SAGE)

CEAL has established a Student Advisory Group on Engagement (SAGE). This
group offers students an opportunity to collaborate with faculty, staff, and administrators in order to initiate substantive dialogue, propose concrete suggestions for enhancing engaged learning, and strengthen relationships among the campus and the community. SAGE provides students a platform to voice thoughts and work collaboratively to develop initiatives around engaged learning while helping CEAL in its mission to bridge academic instruction with community-based learning in rigorous and meaningful ways for both students and community partners.

Engaged Pedagogy Initiative (EPI)

The Center for Engaged Academic Learning, in partnership with the Arts of Citizenship program, the Residential College, and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, has been awarded a Bridging Theory to Practice grant to develop and implement the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative (EPI), a comprehensive training program for U-M graduate students.   The EPI is a new program that promotes excellence in undergraduate teaching and professional development by training graduate students through a series of skill-building workshops centered on the foundations of engaged pedagogy, course design and program assessment. One of the guiding principles of the EPI is the notion that training future faculty in this pedagogy will have both an immediate and a far-reaching impact that will contribute to a culture shift toward prioritizing engaged learning. In addition to providing the curricular design and facilitating the workshops, CEAL will provide a new platform for undergraduates to have sustained dialogues with the EPI graduate fellows in order to share their own experiences in U-M community-centered courses and provide feedback regarding new course design ideas. To learn more about the EPI Fellows, click HERE.