The Office of Civic and Community Engagement supports campus and community partners in building and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships.
What is community engagement?
The Carnegie Foundation describes community engagement as a collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial creation and exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
Not only does community engagement contribute to the public good, it also plays a role in a number of areas, including:
- Developing partnerships of knowledge and resources between colleges and universities and the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity
- Enhancing curriculum, teaching and learning
- Preparing educated and engaged citizens
- Strengthening democratic values and civic responsibility
- Addressing critical societal issues
Inspired by our Augustinian values, Merrimack is dedicated to engaging in transformational and reciprocal partnerships through collaborative efforts to foster a just, peaceful and sustainable world. We are committed to supporting campus and community partners in building and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships with the goal of increasing collective impact. The College supports a wide spectrum of programs and activities ranging from short-term collaborations, to sustained partnerships, to analyzing public policy.
Executive Director, Civic & Community Engagement
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