Community Collaboration

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

Transformational Partnerships

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.

Contact Us

Mary McHugh 
Executive Director, Civic & Community Engagement
Sakowich 340
email | 978-837-5123 

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