Community Engagement Suites | St. Lawrence University Community Based Learning

Community Engagement Suites


Community Engagement Suites offer students the opportunity to continue engaging with the local community. By doing so, students integrate civic responsibility into their residential life. The goal is for students to work in conjunction with a community partner agency to maintain an existing campus-community partnership, whereby students are able to enhance their citizenship and leadership skills, as well as meet specific needs in the community. This is a year-long commitment. The two four-person suites are located in Hulett Hall.

***Please note that if you are planning to study abroad in either the fall or spring semester, you will need to find an alternate student to fill the vacant spot. For a Fall 2020 absence, the alternate student should apply with the group during the regular process and for a Spring 2021 absence, the alternate student should be identified by mid-October.

Requirements/Expectations of Applicants:

  • Maintain a GPA of at least a 2.75.
  • Participate in weekly engagement (up to at least two hours) with a community partner agency.
  • Participate in reflection sessions (usually every other week throughout the semester) with faculty and staff associated with CBL and Volunteer Services.
  • Represent the CBL and Volunteer Services at various functions to raise awareness about the housing opportunity and other pathways to engagement related programming (up to five hours per semester).

Important Dates:

Recruitment: February 20, 2020
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020
Interviews: TBD-spring 2020
Student Decisions:TBD-spring 2020
Residence Life Notification: TBD-spring 2020

Required Application Documents

Community Engagement Suites Application

Letter of Interest: A brief essay (250 words) that indicates the population you are interested in working with, your previous/relevant experiences, and how you would enhance current programming. Please be sure to provide specific examples. Also, please describe how you will balance your academic and personal commitments to fulfill weekly engagement, reflection sessions, and a presentation at the Festival of SLU in the Community at the end of each semester.

Current (unofficial) Transcript: Students must have a GPA of at least 2.75. If an applicant does not meet this requirement, please indicate the reasoning behind this in the letter of interest and provide a plan for how the GPA will be improved. The transcript can be printed from APR.

Current Resume

Faculty/Staff Recommendation: From a SLU faculty/staff member who can speak to your maturity, leadership potential, and commitment to building community. 

Local Community Agency Recommendation: From a local (Canton and surrounding area) community member who you have worked closely with who can speak to your maturity, leadership potential, and commitment to building community. A recommendation may also be accepted from a community member within a student's hometown.

All documentation should be submitted online.

For more information, please contact the CBL office at 315-229-5095 or or Erin Brooks, CBL Coordinator of Student Experiences at 315-229-1890.

2019-2020 Housing Residents

Suite One

Maison Goldstien
Mason Leto
Jon Morrison 
Wayne Thimas

Community Placement Site: The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence New York (Fitness)

Suite Two

Jake Delaney
Mason Giunta
Matthew Mortellite
Davin Sweeney

Community Placement Site: Canton Day Care Center