"The purpose of education is to empower individuals to live with competence in their communities." - Ernest Boyer
"Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it." - Abraham Lincoln
"Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world" And "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Gandhi
"At the end of life ... We will be judged by I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in." - Mother Teresa
"The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life." - Jane Addams
Community Engagement, which includes service-learning, community service and field experience programs and activities is the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, and global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good. (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching)
Stewards of Place describes a publicly engaged institution that is fully committed to direct, two-way interaction with communities and other external constituencies through the development, exchange, and application of knowledge, information and expertise for mutual benefit. (American Association of State Colleges and Universities, www.aascu.org)
Community engagement through service learning, community service and field experience programs is an exciting way to enhance student success and to systemically support communities in which we live. Community engagement offers our students unique experiential opportunities to gain outstanding academic preparation that translates theory to practice and to offer their knowledge to respond to economically, socially and environmentally sustainable challenges.
- Provost Jane Gates