Vision, Mission and Values

CACSL is a national alliance established to support the active participation of students, educators and communities in community service-learning (CSL)


Our nation as one where educational institutions and community organizations engage in sustained collaborations that enhance learning and promote social good.


CACSL values ongoing community-based and inclusive learning that honours all ways of knowing and all kinds of knowledge creation.

CACSL will ensure that our values of connecting, supporting, and collaborating are active in all components of our work


CACSL provides leadership to strengthen and promote community service learning in Canada by supporting and connecting CSL practitioners and community capacity-builders.

CACSL supports the active participation of students, educators and communities contributing to positive community social change through campus community engagement.  We:

  • Raise awareness
  • Promote CSL
  • Support practitioners
  • Research



  • CACSL believes community service-learning is a powerful form of experiential learning and community-university engagement.
  • CACSL believes that informed engagement, through participation in activities focused upon community-identified issues, contributes to community and regional development and is an avenue to achieve social, environmental, and economic justice.
  • CACSL encourages effective communication between, and active participation of, all CSL partners in decisions about the planning, development, and evaluation of individual CSL programs and of CACSL itself.
  • CACSL understands that reflective research and inquiry into the processes and effectiveness of CSL are crucial to its becoming an integral part of academic and community learning.
  • CACSL encourages the effective and creative application of CSL research to further enhance CSL practice
  • CACSL recognizes and respects multiple ways of knowing (e.g. academic knowledge, community-based knowledge, indigenous knowledge) and believes they are complementary and mutually reinforcing.
  • CACSL values the sharing of resources, knowledge, and information; clear, inclusive communication; creative collaboration; and meaningful partnerships with stakeholders from all sectors: educational institutions, community organizations, students, the private sector, and individuals.
  • CACSL values open and inclusive communication and policies that are respectful of diversity and responsive to differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, language, and ability.

Become a member


CACSL Steering Committee