Frequently Asked CELR Questions

Common Questions for CELR Students

Below are frequently asked questions for students enrolled in a community-engaged learning and research course.

Q: I can’t access EXPO—it says I’m not a student!

A: First, log out of all UW accounts that you’re currently signed in to, then log into EXPO at this link. Google Chrome works best with EXPO—try using this instead. If you’re still having issues, try using an “incognito” or private browsing page on Google Chrome. Check the current google account you are logged into and make sure you are using your UW account if you are signed in to multiple google accounts.

Q: I’m enrolled in two CELR courses; can I register for two CELR Positions? (One self-placement; one registered OR two self-placements)

A: Technically, yes. Once you log into EXPO, it should ask which for which class you want to select your CELR position. However, some students are not able to register for more than one position. If EXPO does not allow you to register for a position in both of your classes, register for one position then send an email to—we will help you with registering for a second position.

Q: Can I complete my CELR hours in an organization where I am currently working or volunteering?

A: It depends on the class and on your professors. It is recommended that you try a new organization to explore a variety of major/career options (sometimes that’s not possible). Talk to your professor—they may approve your request or ask that you complete CELR hours in addition to your current hours.

Q: Can I use/count the hours I’ve worked with one organization in two separate courses?

A: It depends on the class and on your professors. Confirm that this works for the faculty of both courses and make sure you know exactly how many hours each faculty expects you to work. This is not allowed in some classes, like BHS 496 Health Studies Fieldwork or BEDUC 495 Applied Experience. It may be allowed for other classes if both professors agree.

REMINDER: You must complete unique coursework for each class. That means, for example, that you can’t write the same reflective essays for both classes—this is a type of plagiarism.

Q: How can I bring this with me after I graduate?

There is a variety of ways that you can stay connected to your community after you graduate. Either with your current community partner or other volunteer organizations. Learn more about post-graduate opportunities that UW Bothell students have participated with by using this link.

Still have questions?

We are here to support you during your CELR course. For any questions or concerns please email us at or schedule a virtual or in-person advising appointment with our team.