The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Levels of Engagement

We help prepare students for community-engaged learning in both curricular and co-curricular settings to support students doing community-engaged work, in courses, research, or student organizations.  Our sessions are designed to be interactive, engaging and tailored to the skills students need to engage with communities depending on community contexts and students' level of engagement. In 2019-2020 we offered over 100 sessions for students across the university. 

Contact us at Ginsberg.Engage@umich.edu if you have any questions about how we can work with you to prepare students for community engagement. 


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Learn more about the kinds of workshops offered by the Ginsberg Center?

  • We offer a range of workshops based on participants' awareness and level of community engagement, from students who are particpating in a one-day service event for the first time to those who are leading out their own community-engaged projects. For each level, Ginsberg staff can work with you to tailor workshop content to your goals. 
  • Introduction to Community Engagement
    Students learn key principles of effective community engagement when engaging for the first time, often in introductory courses or programs​
    For students who are:
    • Beginning to explore ways to engage with communities
    • Attending one-time service events
    • Returning regularly to sites for direct service but not towards any particular project
  • Applying Principles to Build Skills
    Students develop and practice skills to effectively apply key principles of effective community engagement towards a tangible outcome. Engagement could involve repeated or sporadic interactions in communities but not necessarily developing a project with community partners.
    For students who are leading projects for a course, program, or student organization:
    • Establishing a new partnership with community partners
    • Designing or consulting on community-based projects
    • Assisting with a research project
  • Applying Principles to Self-Directed Projects
    Students apply the basic principles of community engagement and learned skills to complete a self-directed project or research.
    For students who are responsble for completing undergraduate or graduate level:
    • Fellowships
    • Capstone experiences
    • Community-engaged research

1. Adapted from Howe, C. W., Coleman, K., Hamshaw, K., & Westdijk, K. (2014). Student Development and Service-Learning: A Three-Phased Model for Course Design. The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, 2(1)

Request a workshop for students involved in my course, research or program?

  • To request a workshop, please complete our Online Request Form
    • If you have not worked with us before, requests must be submitted 1 month in advance
    • For repeat requests, requests must be submitted 3 weeks in advance
  • Potential workshop topics include:
    • Entering, engaging and exiting communities in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways
    • Applying principles of community engagement
    • Best Practices for community-engaged research
    • Social identities, power and privilege
    • Collaborative leadership in community engagement
  • We can also provide follow-up workshops to build on and apply the ideas and principles mentioned in an intial session--please indicate your interest in a follow-up session on the form.

View upcoming public workshops open to all students?

Incorporate the Community Engagement MOOC into my course, research, or program?

  • Ginsberg staff collaborated on this Community Engagement MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to provide content, videos, activies and reflections for learners to better understand community engagement, and how they may more effectively engage in their practice
  • The MOOC can be taken in its entirety or any portion or combination of modules to supplement or replace preparation you already offer.  
  • We can help you to identify which of the five modules might work best for your community-engaged context
  • We also offer follow-up workshops building on ideas and activities from the MOOC.

Prepare my students to make one-day service events more effective?

  • Prepare your participants to maximize benefits for both your program and community partners:
    • Check Yourself Checklist: a quick list of things to consider before engaging
    • Community Engagement online course: a more in-depth preparation with 5 modules that can be taken separately or all at once.
    • Ginsberg Center staff can answer any questions about these resources, and provide advising/consultation/support on how you can move forward as a group. We can also answer questions about logistics, reflection, and training prior to the day of service.
  • Use the guide for volunteering in groups that breaks down the process from start to day of.
  • If you share the link with your students, be sure to remind students to explain why they are reaching out to your organization, including information about the course and/or program