Bringing Cornell students and employees together for mutual growth.

The Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP) is a participatory adult learning program designed to create and support one-on-one mutual learning partnerships of Cornell employees and Cornell students.

 

CLASP matches employees interested in pursuing self-selected learning goals with students studying adult and community education.  Meeting together weekly, each Learning Partner pair focuses on the employee’s goals, while both the adult and the student benefit from the working relationship.  The employee gains a supportive learning mentor while the student serves as an adult educator, applying in real life, the principles and methods of adult learning studied in class.

 

In its 30+ years as a program, CLASP has made a social impact by :  

  • Increasing access to educational opportunities that further human potential;
  • Developing the abilities of individuals for greater agency and fulfillment; and,
  • Appreciating similarities and differences between people through relationships of mutual respect.

Get involved with CLASP

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Adult learners come from units all around campus. CLASP has a special relationship with the UAW Local 2300 and its members in Dining, Building Care, Grounds, Mail and Transportation, and the Statler Hotel.

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Check out the courses in our adult and lifelong learning curriculum.

Student gives employee award certificate

Are you ready to pursue your educational goals? All Cornell employees are encouraged to participate in CLASP. Get started by filling out an application.

Learn more about past learning partnerships

Bringing employees & students together for mutual growth

Our Team

Annalisa Raymer
Annalisa Raymer

Director of Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP); Lecturer

Department of Global Development

Annalisa Raymer
Ecosystem of learning
Education and development
Learning cities
Sasha Endo
Sasha Endo

Program Liaison, Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP)

Department of Global Development

Sasha Endo
Susan Barry
Susan Barry

Program Coordinator, Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP)

Department of Global Development

Susan Barry

CLASP in the news

Annalisa Raymer

News

Raymer earns CALS diversity and inclusion award
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Global Development
Annalisa Raymer teaches in classroom

News

CLASP student mentors adjust to learning in place
“In the medical profession, you’re always going to be learning and teaching others,” said Nadella, a biology and society major. “I joined the Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP) for just that reason: to learn how to be a lifelong...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
A woman standing at a podium in a green shirt talking to an audience

News

CLASP participants connect through lifelong learning
Staff members who paired with student mentors for the fall semester attended a Dec. 12 luncheon in Warren Hall for a “midyear celebration of learning” at which they thanked their mentors and spoke briefly about their learning partnerships. The...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
  • Development
Cornell students, faculty, staff and trustees gathered for dinner

News

Perkins Prize, new awards celebrate learning across difference
About 80 Cornell students, faculty, staff and trustees gathered for dinner at the Willard Straight Memorial Room April 17 to recognize recipients of the Perkins Prize and new diversity and inclusion awards.
CLASP luncheon attendees discuss things they have learned

News

In mentoring program, staff and students learn from each other
In the Community Learning and Service Partnership, where staff are mentored by student learning partners, learning goes both ways.