The Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity (CGHE) has partnered with the UB Academies (now the Experiential Learning Network) and academic units ranging from Romance Languages and Literatures to Civil Engineering to integrate the scholarship of CGHE faculty into the academic lives of UB’s undergraduates. Academic programs, co-curricular activities, and mentoring all help undergraduates translate classroom learning into lived experience.
Experiential Learning involves preparation, experience, reflection, and leveraging.
- Preparation might happen in or out of the classroom. It may include assigned readings, peer-led discussion, and/or reflection on one’s own assumptions and resources.
- Experiences are led by faculty and tied to more traditional academic programing. Informal experiences provide opportunities for one-on-one mentoring, which helps students customize their UB experience.
- Reflection may be discussion based, presentation based, or involve the production of written conclusions. Community-based mentors can be especially helpful in leading students to process their experience.
- Students leverage their experience by understanding the connections between coursework and experience, considering the relevance of the experience to their own trajectories, and identifying next steps.