Vision and Mission
The CCE seeks to advance the public purpose of liberal arts education.
In collaboration with faculty, staff, and communities beyond the campus, we co-create community-engaged learning experiences to develop students into engaged citizens who invest their liberal arts education in the public good.
Community Engagement: Collaborative efforts to invest in the common good, contributing to the quality of life and shared democratic futures of communities within and beyond campus.
Community-Based Learning (CBL): Education that simultaneously – and in roughly equal balance – promotes student learning and addresses community needs. This pedagogy fuses community engagement with structured opportunities to learn from and apply learning to engaged experience.
Community-Based Research (CBR): Research that invests the pursuit of knowledge in the public good. This research is co-created by faculty and/or students, and the communities most impacted by the issue, and ensures that knowledge is applied to and leads to social action.
We work to cultivate a sense of shared responsibility for addressing collective problems and realizing collective visions, recognizing that we each have a stake in one another's futures.
We seek to root students' knowledge and community-engaged experiences in the communities, environments, and contexts that we inhabit.
We commit to equitable and inclusive practices in our work that embody the diverse, democratic societies we aspire to build.
We use a co-creative political approach to build partnerships with communities impacted by the issues on which we work - sharing voice, power, decision-making, and meaning-making in every phase.
We build and strengthen communities by centering relationship-building rooted in a framework of trust, authenticity, and honesty.
We believe that collective action of diverse stakeholders is the most sustainable, democratic, and impactful form of engagement.
We believe all stakeholders in campus/community partnerships bring assets and strengths to bear on shared goals, and we honor knowledge, know-how, and perspectives both in and outside of academia.
We cultivate informed, purposeful community engagement in which all people understand the assumptions and consequences of their actions
We engage with students as whole people to impact their intellectual, personal, and moral development, cultivating life-long commitments and actions