Biidaaban Community Service-Learning

Welcome to the Biidaaban Community Service-Learning (BCSL) Program at Nipissing University! The sections under this tab will introduce you to Community Service-Learning (CSL), answer your questions about participating in the program, and offer guidance for placement success and meaningful reflection.

Pronounced bee-daw-bun, Biidaaban is an Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) term, meaning: ‘the point at which the light touches the earth at the break of dawn.’ BCSL symbolizes the beginning of a new partnership designed to enhance the lives of our students and communities.

CSL is an educational approach integrating theory taught in the classroom with real-world experience in the community. Students are immersed at not-for profit organizations, and other community settings in projects or activities designed to reflect classroom learning. In return, the organization receives an opportunity to guide student learning while gaining volunteer assistance.

  • A chance to explore the range of services available in the community
  • Challenges your ability to adapt and respond to changing conditions
  • Allows you to explore an area of interest that is not available through other placements

Interested in participating? Sign up for an orientation session​!

"As a recent grad of the Social Welfare & Social Development program with a minor in Sociology, and now a Liaison and Development Co-ordinator in the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Nipissing, I know first-hand about the range of opportunities available to all students. I’ve also been witness to students who are following their dreams and have had tremendous academic, cultural and financial support in the Nipissing community. My job is so rewarding!"

Kerry Lynn, Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare and Social Development graduate Hometown: Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory, ON