Lafayette’s Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) Initiative began in 2006 and works to provide the infrastructure to support academic service-learning and community-based research at the College.
It enhances the efforts of faculty across all disciplines whose current teaching and research benefit the community.
The Landis Center supports the development and sustainability of ongoing campus-community partnerships that are mutually beneficial to both community organizations and students as learners.
The Technology Clinic Program brings together small teams of students to solve real-world problems for a corporate sponsor. The teams spend two semesters working with faculty facilitators and a corporate liaison developing solutions. Since the program’s founding in 1986, teams have worked with clients, large and small, and have developed a wide variety of innovations. The central notion, that complementarity increases the chances of creative solutions, is represented by the fact that all teams are made up of students from the college’s four divisions and that all teams are advised a pair of faculty members, one with a technical background and one from the social sciences or humanities.
The Meyner Center provides education, internships, and public service opportunities for undergraduate students in state and local government at home and abroad; promotes scholarly and applied research and publication on state and local government, especially in the context of federal democracy and intergovernmental relations; and engages in local, regional, and international public service, training, and outreach to state and local governments and civic organizations. The Meyner Center is associated with the College’s Department of Government and Law.