Experiential Learning Center at The University of Akron

UA's Center for Experiential Learning

Our mission at the EX[L] center is to enable students to emerge as civically engaged, skilled and adaptable leaders, ready to take on real-world challenges.



Corey Cargill created CUBE 2 years ago in Akron. With a mission of acceptance, CUBE empowers individuals and communities to engage in open dialogues. The series of conversations is a way for people to learn to value their differences. The EXL Center is proud to be affiliated with the kind of work that Corey is creating. We want to thank Corey, as well as the Knight Foundation for sponsoring some CUBE Talks.

Corey's most recent CUBE Talk is now featured in UA’s Center for Conflict Management’s Transdisciplinary Journal of Conflict Management.


Internship openings

Through the Akron Community Internship Program (ACIP), students spend 100 hours and earn $1,000 working on a specific activity with a clear deliverable. You may be eligible to earn academic credit through the internship, depending on your department. View current openings.

Up to $1,000 grant for Community-Engaged Courses − accepting proposals

The EX[L] Center awards grants of up to $1,000 to support faculty members whose courses engage the Greater Akron community-based research or service-learning. View application instructions.

Questions: contact Carolyn Behrman



CBA students pose with EXPY award for NEOSVFCoolest Internship Award

Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF), an ACIP who employs EXL student Alizeh Khalifa, received the “Coolest Internship” award at the 2018 Expys - an event that honors excellence in experiential learning.

EX[L] Center co-director attends prestigious summit

Dr. Carolyn Behrman was selected to participate in the inaugural DELTA Summit by DCAL and NSEE. Educators and program directors described as "highly imaginative, passionate leaders and big-thinkers in the field of experiential learning" were brought together to explore big questions and challenges in higher education.

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UA student drops out, rebounds with EX[L] Center

In this student success story, EbaNee Bond recalls the self-doubt that led her to drop out of UA, and the unexpected call that brought her back. She credits the EX[L] Center for restarting her academic career and opening up a future of endless possibilities.


Courtney Malita writes about the The Impact of the "Unclass:" Breaking from the Traditional Classroom and the benefits she gained from taking "Unearthing the Paranormal: Ghosts of Akron's Past."

The unclass "Unearthing the Paranormal: Ghosts of Akron's Past" let anthropology students research "haunted" history and practice in-the-field interviewing techniques as they explored ghost stories surrounding Akron's Schneider Park and mass graves.

The Cummings Center's Institute for Human Science and Culture wrote about UA's "Digital Humanities in the Archives" unclass in its blog post, "In an UnClass of its Own." Students learned archiving skills and how to make items accessible to the public and to scholars.