On Tuesday, October 18 from 4-5PM in the Dakin Living Room, Nell Arnold, assistant professor of fiction writing, and Ivana Staiti, community engagement and collaborative learning coordinator, set out to answer this question for an audience of staff, faculty, and new students. Have you started your CEL-1 yet? Still have questions? Read on for some great information on who to ask and how to get going.

What Happened:
After a brief (but vibrant!) conversation about the philosophy behind this graduation requirement, our presenters walked the group through the CEL-1 website and the process for signing up for activities. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about specific offerings and suggest some additional projects. Did you see the CEL-What? bulletin boards in Dakin and Merrill Houses? Each attendee received a copy of the brochure that inspired those boards, which are chock full of information about FAQs, what counts, and other great tips. Most of this information is available on the CEL-1 website, so please check it out if you haven’t already!

What We Learned:

  • There are lots of different ways to complete the requirement, and there’s no need to choose just one activity to satisfy all 40 hours. By engaging in a multitude of activities, you’ll gain experience in different areas of campus life, meet more people, and have more opportunities to connect the CEL-1 to your academic interests.
  • New activities are posted almost every day, and each has a different timeline. Check back regularly to learn more about short and long term opportunities. Some last only a day, while others span entire semesters. You never know what you’ll find.
  • Participation in student groups, OPRA, EPEC, and Lemelson courses counts towards this requirement, so you may have already started without even knowing it. Talk to your advisor and take a look at the website for more information on how to register the things that you’ve already started, and to ensure that these hours count towards your completion.
  • Although there are countless posted activities, it is possible to create your own. Staff, faculty, Division II, and Division III students can sponsor activities. If there’s something you’d really like to work on, talk to your advisor about how your idea will fit into the requirement and how to find someone to sponsor your work.

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Did we miss anything? E-mail us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu for more information!