The Office of Community Engagement at CCSU works to support the mission of CCSU: preparing students to be thoughtful, responsible, and successful citizens. In this endeavor, our office aims to build mutually beneficial relationships with various community partners across the City of New Britain and surrounding towns. We look to collaborate by identifying community-identified needs and opportunities to work on shared initiatives, exchanging knowledge and skills by way of:
- Connecting Interested CCSU students across a wide range of departments who are looking for volunteer and/or internship opportunities
- CCSU faculty and staff members who can work with you to collect and analyze beneficial data from shared research or collaborate on service-learning projects with their classes to share expertise and resources
As we share our resources with the community, our office looks to gain insight from our community partners; benefiting from their knowledge and years of experience across a wide array of areas. These collaborative efforts will assist both the University and our Community Partners continue to support and uplift the communities in which we serve and take part in.
Partnering with faculty can help form and deepen lasting relationships around collective goals and initiatives. These relationships are vital in connecting the University and its students to the community in which we are a part of.
If you are interested in starting a service learning project with a CCSU department, please fill out the following Online Proposal Form. Our office will be in touch to discuss your ideas and help connect you with faculty and staff.
What is Service Learning?
Service learning is defined as a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities (National Service Learning Clearinghouse).
Please visit our Past Service Learning Projects to view examples of courses that have been undertaken between CCSU departments and the local community.