UW-Milwaukee has a core commitment to graduating students who are dedicated to community engagement and leadership. To this end, UWM has developed deep partnerships with the non-profit sector, providing student opportunities for volunteerism, service-learning, and community-based work-study options. Through service, students develop:

  • leadership skills,
  • multicultural competencies, and
  • an investment in civic life and social responsibility.

Established in 2012, the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research moves UWM to the next level by improving the student civic and leadership experience through a holistic and seamless approach to community engagement. Overall, the CCBLLR will ensure greater impact and success in UWM fulfilling its civic mission and providing well-developed leaders for our communities. We encourage you to explore this page to learn more about our leadership development programs, volunteer programs, and academic service-learning programs.

To learn more about how the CCBLLR was established, read the CCBLLR Vision Document.

View our presentation for more information about the CCBLLR: CCBLLR Informational Powerpoint (PDF version: CCBLLR Informational Powerpoint in PDF Format)

Want to know how UWM students, faculty, and staff are engaged in the community? Visit the Gallery of Impact Blog page to see recent accomplishments from all disciplines.

If you are looking for a specific form or other document, visit the Resources page.

Our Mission

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR) partners with the community to inspire students, faculty, and staff to engage in activities that foster enduring personal and social change.

Center Videos

Spotlight on Excellence

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Show our virtual presentation video in a class or at a student organization meeting to help people see how they can get involved!

Meet Our Staff

Leah BadkeSummer InternCenter for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research414-229-3161badke@uwm.eduUnion G28
Samantha De Forest-DavisGraduate AssistantCenter for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research414-229-3161defores2@uwm.eduUnion G28
Zachary GarrityProgram ManagerCenter for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research414-229-3161zgarrity@uwm.eduUnion G28
Elise JaffeeStudent Services SpecialistCenter for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research414-229-3161ejaffee@uwm.eduUnion G28
Laurie MarksExecutive DirectorCenter for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research414-229-3161lmarks@uwm.eduStudent Union G28
Ben TragerDirector of Community-Based LearningCenter for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research414-229-3161bwtrager@uwm.eduStudent Union G28