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OCE's Role

The OCE will work pro-actively with faculty and partnering organizations to develop and support community-based learning courses. We are able to support curricular activities that:

  1. Are approved by a Department Chair.
  2. Are designed and implemented in collaboration with at least one community partner.
  3. Respond to a community-identified opportunity or need affecting Baltimore City or the Greater Baltimore region.
  4. Seek to create tangible outcomes. Examples include but are not limited to: prototypes, a beautification/redesign of space, print, or digitalmaterials; an arts-based experience or intervention; etc.
  5. Engage a majority of enrolled students into the project's implementation.
  6. Have a well-defined set of learning objectives for students.

OCE will provide the following technical and financial support for the duration of the course.


Before the course, OCE can provide:

  • Assistance brokering meetings between faculty, community partners, and our office.

  • Assistance developing a participation agreement between MICA and the community partner.

  • Access to forms, templates and contracts that pertain to community-engagement risk management policies and procedures.

  • Guidelines for photo documentation of the community-based learning process and/or product.

During the course, OCE will provide guidance and/or assistance with:

  • Brokering meetings between course and community partners.
  • Guidance documenting projects including photography and written material.
  • Acquiring project supplies.
  • Evaluating effectiveness of the partnership and its outcomes.
  • Garnering media coverage (achieved in partnership with MICA's Communications Department).
  • Troubleshooting, when necessary.

Financial Support

OCE will provide funding for courses including:

  • Modest faculty stipend for development of new course content.
  • Up to $1500 in direct project costs (printing, supplies, transportation, etc.)