Center for Community Engagement

Bringing Communities and the University Together

Welcome to the Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement engages the university and community in creating a just and civil society where every member functions as an agent of social change.

We enrich students’ educational experiences, providing opportunities to: 

  • Participate in community engagement initiatives that meet societal needs,
  • Apply academic instruction to service projects that address significant community issues,
  • Conduct action-oriented research that makes significant contributions to the community,
  • Enhance leadership skills.

What is Service-Learning?

Service Learning is a high impact teaching approach utilizing community-based experiential learning to connect theory and practice through critical reflection.

Service Learning emphasizes learning through community service activities that are fundamental to course outcomes. Service Learning provides benefit to students as well as community partners by promoting sustainable campus-community relationships that enhance student learning and address community-identified needs. Students develop their academic and critical thinking skills, gain a deeper understanding of course content, and develop an enhanced sense of civic engagement and social justice. Service Learning benefits both the campus and the community by developing a culture that promotes civic engagement and social justice, deepening student learning, meeting community-identified needs, and by forming mutually beneficial partnerships that expand opportunities for our campus to contribute to the public good.