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. We offer workshops to support students doing community-engaged work, in courses, research, or student organizations.  Our sessions are designed to be interactive and engaging. We offer workshops as part of our public workshop series as well as tailored sessions requested by faculty or staff to meet the needs of participants.


Learning in Community (LinC) Public Workshop Series

We offer a number of our most commonly requested workshops in our public Learning in Community (LinC) workshop series open to all students. Please use the link to explore which sessions might work best for your students.


Requested Workshops

Below we offer a framework1 that describes three general levels of community engagement, from students who are engaging in one-day service 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.

Ginsberg staff can also work with you to identify and build upon modules from the Community Engagement MOOC. For classes or student organizations with less than 8 students, we suggest encouraging students to attend one of our LinC workshops as described above.

To request a workshop,  please complete the Online Request Form or contact us at Ginsberg.engage@umich.edu.

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 student-led projects through 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 engaged in undergraduate or graduate level:

  • Fellowships
  • Capstone experiences
  • Community-engaged research

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

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).