Center for Social Concern Hopkins
Community Based Learning

CBL Working Group

Community-based learning (CBL) is a pedagogical model that connects classroom-based work with meaningful community involvement and experiences.  The Community-Based Learning Working Group was established in October 2008 to lay the structural foundation for a CBL program for the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins.

The Community-Based Learning Working Group is composed of a number of interested stakeholders, including:

  1. Johns Hopkins faculty members who are currently teaching courses that incorporate community engagement

  2. Johns Hopkins faculty members who would be interested in developing/ teaching a CBL course in the future

  3. Johns Hopkins faculty, administrators, or staff with extensive knowledge and connections within the Baltimore non-profit community, or experience with CBL

  4. Students with a dedicated interest in CBL

Additional stakeholder meetings will be conducted with local community-based and non-profit organizations to determine their needs and preferences around engaging in community-based learning with Johns Hopkins classes. These meetings will take place once the working group has identified needs and constraints involving University participation.

Working Group Goals:

  1. Determine the types of support faculty need to reasonably conduct CBL courses.
  2. Explore and identify systems in which community-based organizations, community-based stakeholders, and faculty can connect with one another.
  3. Develop a set of criteria for courses to be designated CBL courses.
  4. Develop a strategy to advance community-based learning at JHU.


Attend monthly meetings of the working group.

Meeting Minutes:

2012 Meetings 2011 Meetings 2010 Meetings
September 2012 November 2011 December 2010
April 2012 October 2011 October 2010
March 2012 May 2011 September 2010
  February 2011  
  January 2011  


Contact Information:

Mariam Banahi,
Community-Based Learning Program Assistant
Center for Social Concern, 3103 N. Charles Street


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