International Community Engaged Learning Lab


What is International Community Engaged Learning? Why is Community Engaged Learning part of UU’s strategic plan? How do you engage Utrecht University students, scholars, international social partners and communities? What does success look like? And how do you make sure all involved benefit from the experience?  

On the afternoon of the 7th of March 2023 (13:00-17:00) the UU’s Centre for Global Challenges is proud to launch their International Community Engaged Learning Lab at the Social Impact Factory. And what better way to explain what our lab stands for than creating a lab setting for the afternoon. During the launch we will bring together key experts in (international) community engaged learning, students, lecturers, and societal partners to answer the above questions, present our Community Engaged Learning (CEL) toolkit and help you start thinking through your next International CEL project.

If you cannot attend the whole afternoon; don't worry! You can enrol for separate workshop sessions throughout the afternoon! There will also be lots of time for conversation, drinks and nibbles with our growing ICEL community. The programme will follow shortly.

Program 7th of March 2023

13:00 - 13:15Welcome by UGlobe's ICEL spokesperson Dr. Lauren Gould 
13:15 - 14:45Workshop 1:
Why ICEL matters: From the perspectives of lecturers, students & societal partners

In this first workshop, Professor James Kennedy will engage in a conversation with lecturers, students and societal partners to draw out why ICEL matters

Dr. Lorena Sosa will hold a Q&A with ICEL expert Nieves Tapia

14:45 - 15:15Coffee break with ICEL Community 
15:15 - 16:45Workshop 2:
Design your own ICEL: Using the UU & UGlobe toolkits
In this second workshop you will start to design your own ICEL project and we will introduce you to the different toolkits that are available to guide you in this process
16:45 - 17:00Wrap up by Dr. Lauren Gould 
17:00 - 18:00Drinks and nibbles with ICEL Community 


James Kennedy

portrait of James Kennedy

We are honoured that Prof. dr. James Kennedy, head of the UU Community Engaged Task Force, will help us kick-start the event. Professor Kennedy has a Chair in CEL and has taken up the challenge of promoting and shaping CEL programming and education at Utrecht University (UU). Without him we would not be talking about CEL, and with him we will learn a whole lot more about what CEL stands for at Utrecht University.

Nieves Tapia

Our second key expert, Nieves Tapia, will be zoomed in all the way from Argentina. Nieves Tapia is the Director for CLAYSS  (Latin American Center for Service-learning) an NGO based in Buenos Aires. Under the motto: “Learning to serve, serving to learn”, CLAYSS was created to accompany and support students, educators and community organizations that wish to implement CEL projects. Tapia has offered hundreds of lectures, courses and technical assistance in Latin America and around the world on international CEL. From her wealth of experience, she will be able to reflect with us on what it means to engage in CEL, and particularly in International CEL.

Start date and time
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Social Impact Factory
Entrance fee
Free to attend

Please register here.