Mission

The mission of the Office of Community Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship (OCELTS) is to help Loyola embody the Jesuit vision of a university with and for local and global communities and to support community engagement across campus. Loyola University New Orleans uses the Carnegie Foundation definition of community engagement: Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

 

What we do

  • Implement and recognize community engaged teaching, learning, and scholarly initiatives that are distinctly well-organized, high-quality, and social justice-oriented;
  • Advocate for policies and infrastructure that empower and inspire Loyola faculty, students and staff to prioritize and undertake meaningful community engagement activities in a spirit of partnership and reciprocity;
  • Facilitate a culture of accountability and impact where objectives are measurable, data drives decision-making, planning and assessment loops are closed, and transparency is the norm.

Vision

Driven by Loyola's university-wide community engagement objectives, our vision is that all Loyola students, faculty and staff will have the skills and willingness to navigate the complex path to a more just world, including an advanced understanding of social justice and the opportunity and commitment to contribute to social justice in their personal and professional lives. We envision a university which, through a strong network of sustainable, focused partnerships, makes a positive impact on the world through service, awareness, advocacy and systemic change. In this vision, Loyola is distinguished as an anchor institution “with and for” its communities.

Staff

Email: ocelts@loyno.edu
Phone: 504-865-2283
Fax: 504-865-2323
Bobet 113 (Campus Map)
6363 St. Charles Avenue
Campus Box 115
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 12-2pm

Jennifer Jeanfreau
Director