The mission of the Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL) is to institutionalize curriculum-based civic engagement.
The CCBL’s civic engagement approach, based on community organizing practices, aims to enrich students' learning and commitment to social responsibility. The CCBL brings together students, faculty, and community partners as co-thinkers and collaborators, in order to solve social justice related issues.
Since its creation in 2001, the CCBL has developed resources and provided leadership to institutionalize community based learning at Occidental College. The goal of community based learning is to enhance student learning and faculty engagement by connecting academic study and civic education through reciprocal, mutually beneficial relationships with the greater community. The CCBL also collaborates with other offices on campus, as well as state, national, and international networks.