The CSL Ambassadors Program connects faculty, staff, students, and community partners who are interested in promoting service-learning, and civic and community engagement.
CSL Ambassadors serve as liaisons to their department, unit, organization, and/or network to champion the integration of community and civic engagement.
The CSL Ambassador program engages faculty, staff, students, and partners as a community of practice, which will:
- foster collaboration and communication between faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines and units;
- expand awareness and recognition of community and civic engagement; as a means for transforming teaching, learning, research, outreach, and service;
- provide a venue to share insights, discuss relevant issues, and explore ways to enhance the impact of community and civic engagement efforts
There are two opportunities to serve with the CSL through the Ambassador program, including as a Service-Learning Ambassador or Civic Engagement Ambassador.
CSL Ambassadors are part of the KU Community Engagement Collaborative, which brings together campus and community partners to advance the mission of KU by integrating community and civic engagement through curricular, co-curricular, research, outreach, and service opportunities.
Explore the Ambassador programs below. Interested in participating? Complete our Ambassador Program Interest Form to get started!
The Service-Learning Ambassadors program engages faculty, instructors, and staff who are interested in integrating service to enhance the learning experience through integrated preparation, and reflection.
Who can participate: Faculty members, instructors, including Graduate Teaching Assistants, and staff who are interested in a structured process for integrating learning and service in the community often through curricular activities.
Current Service Learning Ambassadors represent these academic departments, colleges, and schools:
- Applied Behavioral Science
- Architecture + Design
- School of the Arts
- School of Business
- Communication Studies
- School of Education + Human Sciences
- Environmental Studies
- Health, Sport, + Exercise Science
- KU Libraries
- Peace + Conflict Studies
- School of Social Welfare
Civic Engagement Ambassadors serve as liaisons for their departments, units, organizations, and/or broader networks to enhance coordination and promotion of efforts that advances civic engagement of students at KU.
Additionally, the groups works to identify and connect existing collaborative efforts to convene interested parties related to civic engagement (e.g. voting, census completion).
Who can participate: Faculty, staff, and students, committed to promoting and increasing civic engagement within their sphere of influence at KU.
Current Civic Engagement Ambassadors represent these academic departments, colleges, and schools:
- Center for Service Learning
- The Commons
- Dole Institute of Politics
- Emily Taylor Center for Women + Gender Equity
- Institute for Policy + Social Research
- School of Social Welfare
- Staff Senate
- Student Involvement + Leadership Center
- Student Senate
- Jayhawk Academic Advising
- Department of Political Science
- University Honors Program
Members of our KU community can serve as an Ambassador in varying levels of commitment, including:
- Receiving updates about CSL programming through emails and Microsoft Teams communications and passing along to their own unit/department/organization
- Attending regular Ambassador meetings and participating in conversation
- Contributing to a CSL Faculty/Staff/Community Partner Spotlights
- Sharing and advocating for community and civically-engaged work in a public space (e.g. department meeting, public space on campus such as Red Hot Research at the Commons, etc.)
- Presenting your community-engaged work at the Summit on Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship in January, or moderate a session
- Presenting your community-engaged work at a local, regional, national, or international conference
- Together with CSL staff, reviewing and offering recommendations on your department’s faculty rewards for community engagement (e.g. tenure and promotion policies and language, hiring policies, etc.)
- Championing change levers for the Community Engagement Consortium