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“I agree wholeheartedly that civic engagement and service-learning must be integral in the mission of higher education institutions – an idea that has been at the core of the CSU’s mission since its inception.”
—Dr. Timothy P. White, Chancellor CSU

SSU faculty member

What is Community Engagement?

Community Engagement describes the collaboration between higher education institutions and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange and production of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. Examples of community engagement activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Community engaged teaching, (service-learning, problem based learning for the common good, and course-based public research, unpaid community-based internships)
  • Public scholarship
  • Service (community service; alternative spring breaks; voter registration drives; community-centered forums, nonprofit Board and Committee membership, public service, pro bono consulting and speaking

Slightly adapted from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning definition,Opens in new tab. the CSU Chancellor's Office definition,Opens in new tab.and the Continuums of Service by Campus Compact.Opens in new tab.