Community Engaged Learning Awards 

2021 Campus Race to Zero Waste
2023 Voter Friendly Campus
2024 NASPA Knowledge Community Collaboration Award
2024 NASPA Excellence Silver Award


Education at Kent State University goes beyond textbooks, lectures, and the walls of a classroom. Community Engaged Learning promotes a culture of active and engaged learners by integrating experiential learning opportunities for students to apply theories and knowledge.

Mission: To cultivate partnerships that educate and empower students to advance social change.

Vision: All Kent State University graduates are civic minded agents of change in their careers and communities.

Choose from a variety of opportunities to volunteer and learn about social justice issues. Students who participate gain a global perspective while exploring issues such as poverty, homelessness, gentrification, and sustainability.

The ELR requires all KSU students to have at least one form of experiential learning during their academic tenure at KSU.  Experiential learning involves hands-on engagement, the application of knowledge and theories, and an integral reflection component.

Students are offered the opportunity to gain real-world experience through off-campus Federal Work Study jobs. Students take advantage of their Federal Work Study award in their financial aid package, earn a paycheck, and develop professional skills.