What is Community Engagement?

What is the Center for Community Engagement?

Thank you for your interest in community engagement and the Center for Community Engagement. The CCE helps faculty and our community partners collaborate for teaching, scholarship, and service.

Read our Mission Statement.

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, the CSU Chancellor's Office definition, and the Continuums of Service by Campus Compact.