What is Community Engagement?

Community Engagement is the collaboration between higher education institutions and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) through a mutually beneficial exchange and production of knowledge and resources in the context of partnership.

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 through 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)

Each slightly adapted from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning definition and the CSU Chancellor's Office definition.