In this moment, traditional strategies of community engagement such as direct service may do more harm than good, especially with communities disproportionally burdened by and vulnerable to COVID-19. We must recognize that the nature of CC’s living and educational experience — residential, with shared spaces to live and study (including off-campus and supplementary housing) — poses a particular risk to spreading the virus within and beyond campus.
With all of this in mind,the CCE asks that you continue to engage in community work indirectly, including virtually and/or in ways in which you do not interact with communities beyond the campus. Until further notice, please suspend community engagement and service through which you directly interact with external community populations.
We recognize and affirm the creativity of our students and partners in brainstorming lower-risk ways to engage in community work. We also recognize that the work of your student organization or volunteering may fall in a gray area under these guidelines. The CCE and Campus Activities will partner this year to work with individuals and groups to address questions, brainstorm solutions, and collectively determine whether particular community engagement activities can proceed under these guidelines, on a case-by-case basis.
If you're a local non-profit looking for CC students to get engaged indirectly and/or remotely with your organization, please contact Niki Sosa, our Community Partnership Development Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.