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Community Partners

Brescia’s Experiential Learning approach to partnering with non-profit, for profit and government organizations is built on collaboration that is mutually beneficial. The goal of our community partnerships is not only for our students to learn, gain experience and develop skills, but also for the work of students to contribute in a valuable and meaningful way to the community. 

In Experiential Learning at Brescia, we are committed to:

  • Promoting opportunities of our community partners to our students, faculty and staff
  • Connecting our partners to University resources
  • Fostering the potential of Experiential Learning opportunities in achieving both student and organizational-based outcomes

At Brescia, we support opportunities for Experiential Education in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, organization-based placements, community partner projects, practicums, internships, field placements and clinical placements. 

We consider our partner organizations to be co-educators of our students, and in this role, we expect our community partners to: 

  • Provide the necessary orientation, training and supervision for our students
  • Regard the safety of our students as a priority equal to that of their own employees and clients
  • Communicate with us about any issues that may arise

Experiential learning can empower Brescia students to connect their knowledge with concrete experiences in diverse environments to develop practical skills.

Partnering with Brescia

If your organization has a project or program that could use the support of one or more of our students, connect with us! At Brescia, we will outline the placement options, timelines and the process for finding a student to match with your organization.

Additionally, we can work with you to explore the benefits of Experiential Learning and determine what roles our students could play within based on your needs and resources.

If you are interested in increasing community engagement with Brescia, please contact Dr. Tamara Thompson to setup a time to meet in person or virtually in a location that is convenient for you.

Benefits of partnering with Brescia

At Brescia, we understand the importance of community engagement, and we take this approach with every Experiential Learning opportunity. Our community partners work collaboratively with us to strategically determine which student meets the needs and goals of your organization.

Hosting a student from Brescia can: 

  • Increase an organization’s capacity to complete projects they might not have otherwise been possible
  • Respond to a specific organizational need and bring a fresh pair of eyes and critical thinking to the table for projects and programs
  • Broaden partnerships, strengthen relationships or build new connections with not only Brescia’s faculty, staff and students, but with other local organizations

By working with community organizations, Brescia’s students are learning about your organization, the work your do and the impact you have on the broader community. Remember, these students could become advocates for your organization and share your message with their peers.