Engagement

Community-Based Learning

Community is an inherent part of Unity College.  It is part of us and all around us—our learning environment reaches beyond campus boundaries to become those spaces and places where the need is authentic, the work is original, and the impacts are real.  Our classrooms become the bogs, lakes, streams, woodlands and wetlands in and around the region.  They are the halls of government, the local town meetings, area schools, agencies, businesses, and grassroots action groups working to better the places we call home. 

Here at Unity, we are committed to working on environmental and community-wide issues which residents and leaders alike are taking on as active and engaged citizens.  Community-Based Learning (CBL) provides students with the opportunity to work alongside professionals, private citizens and local leaders to identify and implement real solutions to real issues.  Active partnerships between the college and a wide range of external agencies allow for the integration of classroom-based instruction with real world application, problem solving, collaboration, and community benefit.  Students make professional connections and build their resumes throughout their undergraduate experience. 

Our commitment to CBL—using the world as our classroom for service and learning—has earned the college national recognition.  In 2012, Unity was named as one of fourteen national finalists to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll.  In 2011, the college received the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification which recognizes significant commitment to and demonstration of community engagement. 

Community-Based Learning takes place through courses, clubs, special programs, and extra-curricular opportunities throughout the year.  Visit this section of the website to learn more about how Unity faculty, staff and students are making a positive difference today.