Community Engagement - About

Community Engagement


CCSU Downtown CampusCommunity Engagement at CCSU

The Office of Community Engagement seeks to engage the CCSU campus community in projects and outreach that are mutually beneficial, contribute to the greater good, and build a sense of civic responsibility. Our office facilitates partnerships with local business, nonprofit, and government agencies throughout New Britain and the greater Hartford area that lead to meaningful volunteer, service-learning, and other community engagement opportunities.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching defines community engagement as the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership. At CCSU, Community Engagement is an integral component of the university mission, designated as one of four elements of distinction.   

The Office of Community Engagement supports the university's mission and goals of 1) preparing students for productive lives as professionals and citizens 2) supporting economic development 3) promoting global awareness and respect for diversity. Theses goals are achieved through:

  • Service Learning

  • Community Based Research

  • Volunteer Opportunities

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