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Collaborative for Community Engagement!


The Collaborative for Community Engagement supports and facilitates a wide range of programming designed to meet student interest and community need. From student-run organizations to a community-engaged leadership certificate program, from community-based research to living learning communities, our programs engage a diverse group of stakeholders from the campus and community to promote the common good and propel academic learning into the world.

The CCE is now accepting nominations for the 2014-15 Service Awards!

2014-15 Service Awards Recognition Dinner
Thursday, May 7th
Stewart House


The Collaborative for Community Engagement will be acknowledging the special work of five individuals and a community partner with the awards below.

Dinner will be provided.

Individuals may be nominated for multiple awards, but only one award is possible per submission.

The deadline for submitting nominations is April 1.

Click here to submit a nomination


Outstanding Engagement with K-12 Youth

This award honors a student in any year, who has done outstanding work in a K-12 education setting. Recipients of this award show an awareness and deep understanding of educational issues, and demonstrate a commitment to fostering the development and achievement of youth. This award recognizes ongoing positive community impact in K-12 student learning and success.  ‚Äč

Exceptional Promise in Social Justice Award

This award honors a lower-division student who shows exemplary promise as a champion of social justice, integrating liberal arts scholarship with rigorous community-based work in ways that extend and transform both in the process. Recipients of this award show a deep and abiding commitment to societal change at the grassroots level, and serve as exemplary models of activism and compassion, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

Exemplary Achievement in Community-Engaged Teaching

This award honors a faculty member who has artfully woven academic scholarship with rigorous community-based work in transformative and innovative ways. Recipients of this award encourage students to make powerful connections between theory and practice, support the development of civic-skill building and civic identity, and prepare liberal arts students to serve as change agents in a complex and challenging world. 

Outstanding Community Partner Award

This award honors community partners who, through their collaborative efforts, advance Colorado College's capacity for rigorous community-based work, enabling Colorado College students, faculty, and staff to extend the reach of the liberal arts towards the common good. Recipients of this award support the reciprocity and sustainability of Colorado College's community engagement, encourage systems-level thinking, and promote the development of civic skill-building and civic identity. 

Award for Outstanding Community Service

This award is presented to a graduating senior who, through commitment to community service, best exemplifies the ideals of a liberal arts and sciences education. Over the years at Colorado College, this student has been consistently dedicated to promoting an ethic of community engagement and involving others in understanding the civic and social challenges of our world. A monetary award, endowed by the Class of 1981, accompanies this award.

Anabel and Jerry McHugh Director’s Award

Established in 1996, The Anabel and Jerry McHugh Director’s Award is presented to a graduating senior who has made a significant contribution to the enhancement of the Collaborative for Community Engagement at Colorado College.This award does not recognize the particulars of a student’s service work as much as it recognizes the overall effort of a student to promote an ethic of service and to promote the CCE. A monetary award, endowed by a private donor and the Board of Trustees, accompanies this award.

2015-2016 CEL Program Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 CEL Program.  All applications must be submitted in PDF format by 5:00pm on Friday, March 27, to David Harker. Please see additional information in the application below. 

Click here for the 2015-2016 Program Application

More information on the CEL Program can be found here.

Congratulations to the winners of the $20,000 Soup Project Challenge!

The Soup Project Challenge will provide over $40,000 to fund student-designed social innovation projects to address poverty, hunger, and homelessness in Colorado Springs. This project is being spearheaded by The Collaborative for Community Engagement and The Innovation Institute at CC. 

To read about the event and the groups who participated, click here.

Looking for ways to get involved in the community?

Check out our current listings here. 

Are you a local organization looking for CC volunteers?

Fill out this form and we can add your information to our list!

Report Your Service in the Community!

Having accurate data about the work of student groups is crucial to ensuring our efforts result in the best possible experiences for students, staff, faculty, departments, and community members. This information strengthens the college's institutional reporting, grant writing, and outreach.

It also enhances individual students' efforts to track their involvement with communities -- whether they are local, regional, national or international and allows students themselves to craft a personal story of engagement that illustrates their commitment to bridging theory and practice in the service of a public good.

With this information, we can better ensure that future activities meet the high expectations of everyone involved.

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