Center for Community Learning



Mission Statement
The mission of the UCLA Center for Community Learning is to promote civic engagement for undergraduates and faculty through the integration of teaching, research and service. In collaboration with academic departments, the Center supports courses and programs that stress the importance of global citizenship, diversity, leadership and social justice. The Center strives to make community learning a cornerstone of undergraduate education, through ongoing partnerships with community-based organizations.

The Center’s goals are:
  • To connect UCLA undergraduates with the diverse communities of Los Angeles through meaningful, interdisciplinary work that emphasizes academic excellence within undergraduate education.
  • To assist individual faculty and academic departments in the creation, development and support of innovative coursework that integrates off-campus experiences with curriculum.
  • To play a leadership role among peer research institutions in the advancement of a civic engagement agenda and social innovation at the state and national levels.
  • To train, supervise and mentor graduate students for future careers in academia, university/community partnerships and engaged scholarship.
  • To expand available resources whenever possible by securing external funding.


Meet the Directors
.ELIZABETH GOODHUE, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR ENGAGED TEACHING, oversees community-engaged curriculum development across campus by collaborating with community organizations and academic departments to develop service learning and internship courses. She also facilitates community-engaged pedagogy workshops for faculty, manages the center’s professional development initiatives for graduate students, and directs academic internships for the center. She regularly teaches service-learning courses on children’s literature and childhood literacy and on public humanities theory and practice. Dr. Goodhue received her B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona before going on to earn a Ph.D. in English from UCLA. During graduate study, she received the Charles E. and Sue K. Young Award for outstanding teaching, research, and service. She is the author of articles on service learning pedagogy, with colleagues from the Imagining America public humanities consortium, of an essay on the role of academic administrators as intermediaries between university and community stakeholders. Most recently, she contributed an essay to the collection Service Learning and Literary Studies in English (MLA 2015).

DOUGLAS BARRERA, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR ENGAGED RESEARCH, oversees the Civic Engagement minor and the Astin Civic Engagement Research program, teaches classes in the Civic Engagement subject area, and conducts research and assessment for the center. His research agenda includes examinations of student critical consciousness development that emerges through different models of community-based learning, and the motivations among community partners to participate in institutional civic engagement initiatives. Dr. Barrera has published articles and chapters on student development, critical service learning, and community-campus partnerships, and is co-author of the Council of Europe publication, Advancing Democratic Practice: A Self-Assessment Guide for Higher Education. He serves on the editorial board for Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice, and is a member of the program board of directors for a social service agency in Los Angeles. Before coming to UCLA, he was program director for a non-profit community organizing agency in San Diego, and taught methods of community engagement at U.C. San Diego and the University of San Diego. Dr. Barrera received his Ph.D. and an M.A. in Education from UCLA, and an M.A. and B.A. in History from San Diego State University.